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Will new Civil Rights Museum overshadow Smith Robertson?

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

January 15 marks the 87th birthday of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Celebrations are underway and history is being remembered. 

The new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is currently under construction.

Jackson's "first" African American museum, the Smith Robertson museum is managed by Pamela Junior and just a stones throw away from the capitol.

She said, "We are a wonderful museum that people say is like the shining star. We are already here and we plan to stay."

It served as Jackson's first public school for African American children.

"When I walked in here and I knew that Richard Wright was a student here, one of the greatest novelist from Mississippi, this place is a treasure." said Junior.

Inside on the second floor there are black and white only water fountains. They were found at an estate sale in Brandon and acquired by the museum.

There is also a slave ship in the museum. This is an exhibit honoring the life and times of Medgar Wiley Evers.

Some are wondering if this tiny jewel of a museum will be overshadowed by the future opening of Mississippi's multi million dollar civil rights museum.

Junior stated, "I think we stand on our own. We will not be in a competitive position because they are much larger than we are. We just want to keep it our mission in telling the whole story of the African American, the truth about the African American and their ways of life in this state of Mississippi."

Smith Robertson has been hailed nationally as an important cultural and historical museum. 

If you would like to visit, admission is $5.50 for adults, and $4.00 for seniors, and $5.00 for Military with I.D.

College students get in for $3.00 and children get in for $2.00

The museum is open Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

For more information call 601-960-1457.

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