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Telling Our Stories: Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (Hardcover)

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Description


Contributions by Reuben V. Anderson, Haley Barbour, Kane Ditto, Myrlie Evers, John E. Fleming, Dennis J. Mitchell, and William F. Winter

On December 9, 2017, in celebration of our state's bicentennial, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History opened two state-of-the-art museums--the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The Museum of Mississippi History explores the entire sweep of the state's history. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the first state-operated civil rights museum in the country, explores the period from 1945 to 1976, when Mississippi was ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement nationally.

This companion book highlights some of the Mississippi stories captured in the two museums. The book also tells the story behind the museum project, honoring those who made these museums possible and celebrating their commitment to making the museums the signature project of Mississippi's bicentennial celebration.
Mississippi's story comes to life through artifacts like a circa-1840 cotton gin, a contemporary Choctaw beaded medallion necklace, a banner from the state's first black Masonic lodge, a boll weevil trap used in Grenada County, a chess set molded from bread by a Freedom Rider at Parchman Penitentiary, and a clock that stopped at the moment Hurricane Katrina flooded a Biloxi home. Never before have these objects been gathered together in one place or publication.

About the Author


Founded in 1902, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History collects and preserves the state's historic resources, sharing them with the public through programs, events, educational outreach, a library, and museums such as the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781496813480
ISBN-10: 1496813480
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: October 5th, 2017
Pages: 200
Language: English