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Civil Rights Museum groundbreaking

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Groundbreaking ceremonies for two new museums in Mississippi were held in Jackson this morning. They will be built on the corner of North and Mississippi streets, just north of the existing William Winter Archives and History Building.

The Civil Rights Museum will be the nation's first state operated civil rights museum. The Museum of Mississippi History will explore the entire sweep of the state, from earliest times to the present.

Governor Phil Bryant and three former governors, Haley Barbour, Ronnie Musgrove and William Winter were all a part of the ceremony.

"To me it means progress for Mississippi, said Myrlie Evers-Williams. "It means reaching a level of cooperation and friendship and understanding, that Medgar knew would happen."

The legislature put up the first $40 million for the new museums, and five million was raised from private sources. The museums are supposed to be open by the 2017 celebration of Mississippi's 200th birthday.

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