Two Museums…One Mississippi

Project Background

Two Museums To Commemorate Mississippi’s 200 Years of Statehood

In his State of the State address in January 2011, Governor Haley Barbour recommended joining the Museum of Mississippi History that was being planned by MDAH with the proposed civil rights museum, allowing cost savings through shared collection storage areas, artifact conservation labs, classroom and auditorium space, parking garage, store, and other features. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History was given oversight of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum with House Bill 1463, which also provided initial funding to construct the two museums and established their location in downtown Jackson on the same block as the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Total cost of the two museums is expected to top $70 million, with a significant amount of the funding for exhibits coming from private sources.

Preliminary plans are for each museum to have more than 20,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 3,000 square feet of temporary exhibit space. Each museum will have its own director and staff and will share support staff.

Twenty-Star flag. Click image to enlarge.

Twenty-Star Flag Symbolizes Bicentennial Celebration

A rare Twenty-Star U. S. flag dating to 1818, a year after Mississippi became a state, has been selected the symbol of Mississippi’s Bicentennial celebration. The Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Commission is raising funds to conserve the flag so that it might travel the state during 2017 and then be displayed permanently in the new Museum of Mississippi History.