JACKSON, Miss. —
A steady flow of people showed up Tuesday to see Mississippi’s two newest museums.
The Mississippi Civil Rights and the Museum of Mississippi History opened to the public after a ceremony Saturday. Many of the museumgoers said they were excited to go inside and learn more about Mississippi’s past.
“I believe that it will be inspiring, informative and we will be able to walk away, and especially tell our children about it,” museum visitor Isabella Evans said.
“So many bad things happened in the past. There was so much hurt and so much fear. I think this will, in part, bring about healing and recognition of things that did happen and guard against things ever happening like that again,” James Austin, of Jackson, said.
For many who lived in Mississippi during the civil rights movement said the exhibits brought back some painful memories.
“I am happy that it came, but when I look at some of the stuff, like the young man up there with all of those whips on his back, I just feel so sick inside,” Billie Sharp, of Jackson, said.
“It makes me sad to see some of the things that did go on during this time, but it makes me feel happy to know that we have overcome a lot of that, and we still have a long way to go,” Jackson resident Doris Taylor said.
State Sen. David Jordan, of Grenada, visited both museums. He said he saw one of his quotes on the history side of the museum, and said the civil rights side brought him to tears.
“I am — an old man is not supposed to cry — but what we have come through as a people and still survived and still going strong, there has got to be a God that watched the process,” Jordan said.
Rowan Newton, a historian from Australia, made a stop in Jackson just to see the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Newton said he is surprised to know how recent the civil rights movement was to modern times.
“With something like this — which unfortunately happened so recently, and continues so recently — you can keep people’s actual stories. There are people who were there who can give you the information, which is so much more valuable,” Newton said.
The museums are open Tuesday through Saturday. Tap here for admission information.