Mississippi’s two-museum project opening will coincide with the state’s bicentennial celebration on December 9th. The project which features the Mississippi History and Civil Rights museums are in their final stages of development and they are on schedule.
Earlier this week during a press conference Governor Bryant discussed how the museums will teach Mississippians for years to come about the rich history that the state has.
Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, spoke to the what it means for the state to build these museums as the state celebrates such an important year.
“This is an extraordinary statement of the importance of history and the recognition of that history in Mississippi that the states legacy project for the bicentennial is the construction of the history and civil rights museum in the capital city,” Blount said.
The opening of the museums will take place on December 9th with a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. in front of the museums which is free and open for the public to attend. Live music and food trucks will also be on the scene, and several other downtown attractions will be open on that day including the old and new Capitol Buildings, the Governor’s Mansion and more.
Exhibits are currently being built and finished, but here is a sneak peek inside the 200,000-square foot space that the state has committed over $90 million towards. The space will be home to over 22,000 artifacts, countless stories and will house educational programs dedicated to the history of the Magnolia state.