In observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., FedEx Corporation is providing free admission to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History on Wednesday, April 4. King, who served as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) until his death, was a key figure in the American civil rights movement and supported Mississippi activists by bringing national attention to their efforts.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is accepting applications for the 2018 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program, which supports the use of primary resources documenting the Civil Rights Movement at the state archives in Jackson. This competitive scholarship of $4,000 is for research at MDAH during summer 2018 and covers travel, housing, and other expenses.
A twenty-five-foot-long dugout became the first of 17,000 artifacts to enter the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum last week. The circa-1500 Native American canoe was brought in through the front doors since it was too long to fit on the freight elevator. It will be positioned in “The First Peoples” gallery of the MMH.
A doctoral student from Cornell University has been named the 2017 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholar. Bobby J. Smith II will explore the relationship between the politics of food, race, and activism using the holdings of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Toyota Motor North America has made a $750,000 contribution for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s 2 Mississippi Museums project. Toyota’s donation will advance programming at the Museum of Mississippi History and create the Toyota Gallery at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will focus on the period 1945 to 1976 and tell the story of the struggle for equal rights and fair treatment under the law. The Toyota Gallery will contain seven thematic galleries of exhibits encircling a central gallery.