The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum was honored at the international museum conference Best in Heritage held September 25–27 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The three-day annual event celebrated award-winning museum projects from five continents.
Best in Heritage jurists selected forty museum projects from 2018 that demonstrated the potential to produce change and advance professional practices. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum was selected for its Chaney Goodman Schwerner Theater that received the 2018 MUSE Gold Award from the American Alliance of Museums.
“This conference was an amazing opportunity to share the story of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner’s sacrifice with museum colleagues from around the world,” said Pamela Junior, director of the Two Mississippi Museums. “It was inspiring to meet people people from places like Australia, Brazil, Japan, and the United Kingdom and realize how connected we are by stories.”
The award winning theater examines story of the murder of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner during the 1964 Freedom Summer. However, the retelling could not be contained on a traditional video screen. The scale and shape of the projected images quite literally spill onto the walls and floor, involving the viewer emotionally and intellectually from a fresh perspective. The film’s rich sound design and eloquent narration elevate the piece into an essential cultural experience for all ages.
The Best in Heritage is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Zagreb dedicated to promoting every aspect of professional excellence in heritage occupations and doing it "by the power of example” through an annual, global conference.