History buffs: Two gripping Mississippi Museums

Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened in 2017 (mdah.ms.gov)

Most of us who are drawn to museums go there to be informed and, if we are fortunate, to be affected or stirred on some emotional level.

Journey through time at the Museum of Mississippi History (mdah.ms.gov)

Well, “Prepare to be moved to tears,” wrote Sarah Fowler in the Clarion Ledger about the Museum of Mississippi History and  Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

These Two Mississippi Museums opened jointly in 2017 and share a common campus, along with an entrance and lobby.

The history museum explores the entire sweep of the state’s history, going back 15,000 years. The state’s Civil Rights Museum focuses on the period from 1945 to 1976, when “Mississippi was ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement nationally.”

Interactive exhibit at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. (mdah.ms.gov)

Throughout both museums, there are interactive exhibits, engaging artifacts, and stories from people who shaped the state, according to the museum’s website.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a movement that transformed the nation. It promotes a greater understanding of the freedom struggle through interactive galleries that illustrate the courageous fight for equality. Seven of the galleries encircle a central space called “This Little Light of Mine.” There, a dramatic sculpture glows brighter and the music of the Movement swells as visitors gather.

The Two Mississippi Museums are administered by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. For more details, click on article on RVShortStops.com.

If you go while traveling in an RV

For a few places to consider staying in your RV near Jackson, click on Campendium, a campgrounds and RV parks resource website.

For the most up-to-date information on what to do in Jackson, go to the Visit Jackson website here.

Julianne G. Crane

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