Two Museums…One Mississippi

Advisory Commission

The bill that funded the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History also established the twenty-five member Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Advisory Commission. The group is chaired by former Mississippi Supreme Court justice Fred Banks and includes appointees by the governor, lieutenant governor, and Speaker of House; presidents of the state’s colleges and universities; representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority, the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, and the William F. Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; and MDAH director H.T. Holmes. The commission is charged with advising the Department of Archives and History on plans for the civil rights museum. At its inaugural meeting in August 2011 the Advisory Commission endorsed cost estimates and conceptual drawings for the project. At its second meeting the commission met with the exhibit designers. The commission also presided at the first community stakeholders’ meeting with the architectural team.

Members of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Advisory Commission:

  • Judge Fred Banks, Chair, Jackson
  • Dr. Brian Anderson, Mississippi University for Women
  • Dr. David L. Beckley, Rust College
  • Mr. Lee Bush,  Jackson
  • Ms. Neely Carlton, Ridgeland
  • Ms. Nancy Carpenter, Columbus
  • Mr. Robert Clark, Pickens
  • Mr. Chad Driskell, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Dr. Susan Glisson, William F. Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
  • Dr. Marvin Haire, Mississippi Valley State University
  • Mr. H. T. Holmes, Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Senator John Horhn, Jackson
  • Ms. Emily Jones, Delta State University
  • Dr. Lillie Jones, Alcorn State University
  • Dr. Robert Luckett, Jackson State University
  • Dr. Leslie McLemore, Fannie Lou Hamer Institute
  • Dr. K.C. Morrison, Mississippi State University
  • Dr. Andrew Mullins, University of Mississippi
  • Ms. Joy Lambert Phillips, Gulfport
  • Ms. Euvester Simpson, Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
  • Mr. Carlos Smith, Tougaloo College
  • Mr. Hollis Watkins, Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
  • Ms. Mary Beth Wilkerson, Mississippi Development Authority-Tourism
  • Governor William F. Winter, Jackson
  • Mr. Neddie Winters, Jackson