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Proposed Civil Rights Museum in Downtown Jackson

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By Bert Case - bio | email

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour is making an all out push to get a Civil Rights Museum built in Downtown Jackson.

Gov. Barbour first proposed the idea in 2007.

The proposed museum would be located beside the new Mississippi History Museum on North Street.

The commission Gov. Barbour appointed to oversee the project, originally recommended that Tougaloo College be the designated site.

However, the legislature did not approve funding and it has not happened.

Gov. Barbour wants that changed.

Gov. Barbour got a standing ovation when he told the legislature, in his final State of the State Address, now is the time to build the Civil Rights Museum downtown.

"This is the year to get this museum going. This is the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders and its the 150th anniversary of the Civil War," said Gov. Barbour.

Former Gov. William Winter believes now is the time to get the new Civil Rights Museum through the legislature and build it incrementally.

"The Civil Rights Museum, I think has to be built, we can not wait any longer," said former Gov. Winter. "It can be done incrementally and we are overdue to get started."

A Mississippi Civil Rights Museum could portray the civil rights struggle in this, the last state, to accept the inevitable.

The state already owns film of such giants of the time as Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Ross Barnett.

There are pictures of civil rights protestors being covered with mustard, ketchup and flour at the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Downtown Jackson.

So former Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson, former Governor William Winter, and Governor Haley Barbour agree the new Civil Rights Museum should be built here on the corner of Mississippi and North Streets in Downtown Jackson.

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