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Explore the movement that changed the nation. Discover stories of Mississippians like Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Vernon Dahmer, as well as those who traveled many miles to stand beside them, come what may, in the name of equal rights for all.

Explore the Galleries at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Points of Light

The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi is full of ordinary men and women who refused to sit silently while their brothers and sisters were denied their basic freedoms. A number of these heroes are featured throughout the museum as Points of Light, shining exemplars of dignity, strength, and perseverance in the face of oppression.

Dr. A. B. Britton

Dr. A. B. Britton

Dr. Albert Bazaar Britton Jr. returned to Mississippi after completing medical school at Howard University, providing quality healthcare to local African Americans from his medical practice on Farish Street in downtown Jackson. In 1965, the highly decorated veteran was appointed to the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. He testified on voting rights violations and the unequal treatment of African Americans across the state. Britton later became the first African American doctor on staff at Baptist Hospital in Jackson. He helped establish the Mississippi Health Services Agency and the Medical Preceptorship Program—organizations supporting equal access to careers in medicine for African American students across the nation. 

Governor William F. Winter

Governor William F. Winter

 "Poorly educated people translate into poor people," said Governor William Winter, who led the effort to pass the landmark Education Reform Act in 1982. The act established a public kindergarten system for all Mississippi students, made school attendance compulsory, raised teacher salaries, and tightened teacher certification requirements. Winter held hearing around the state to build grassroots support. Opponents objected to new sales and income taxes used to fund the bill. The Legislative Black Caucus strongly supported the bill because poor schools disproportionately affected Black Mississippians.

Explore Mississippi

Many of the homes, colleges, and historic sites discussed in this gallery still exist today. Journey beyond the museum walls and explore the places where history happened.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic ChurchFirst Catholic Church in Mississippi River Valley with exclusively African American congregation

16 Orange Avenue
Natchez, Mississippi

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Ida B. Wells Museum

Ida B. Wells MuseumFeatures a collection of artifacts belonging to journalist, suffragist, and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells

220 North Randolph Street
Holly Springs, Mississippi 

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