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Governor Barbour speaks at MLK day celebration

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour spoke at Milsaps College this morning at the annual Millsaps-Tougaloo Martin Luther King Day celebration.

Barbour announced that beginning May 22-nd this year, around 125 freedom riders will come down to Mississippi to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "Freedom Summer of 1961."

This announcement also comes in light of a new civil rights museum coming to downtown Jackson. The initial proposal was to bring the site to Tougaloo College, but during Barbour's state of the state he announced it's change in location.

That's something Tougaloo officials were initially surprised about.

"Having been stymied for three years, I want to get progress made so this museum can be done" said Governor Barbour. 

"Tougaloo College was taken aback when the announcement came that it was going to be downtown. And we wish we had been told and talked to about the change in location" said Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan.

Both Barbour and Hogan say regardless of location adding a civil rights museum will only enrich Mississippi's history.

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