Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Jackson: Hours, Address, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Reviews: 5/5

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Art Galleries • Speciality Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the nation. The museum promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and sacrifices of its peoples. Visitors will witness the freedom struggle in eight interactive galleries that show the systematic oppression of black Mississippians and their fight for equality that transformed the state and nation. Seven of the galleries encircle a central space called This Little Light of Mine. There, a dramatic sculpture glows brighter and the music of the Movement swells as visitors gather.
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Olathe, KS8 contributions
Well done museum
Jun 2021
The museum was very educational and NOT boring. The exhibits were well done and light show/music from the central area made the entire museum feel alive.
Written June 17, 2021
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Centerville, OH1,066 contributions
Wow - well done
Jun 2021
This is an extremely well done museum. It flowed very well and gave a ton of information. The museum took us almost 3 hours to get through - and we spent another hour on the prohibition and Mississippi state history sections.

One extra that made it extra awesome was H. Walters was an employee who was speaking to students while we were there. He was a Freedom Riders and has been arrested 109 times in his life. It really drives home how recent of an issue this was was a living person is telling their story of Freedom Riders. Super powerful for students to hear his message!
Written June 8, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL6,847 contributions
Learning the dark side of American history
Mar 2021
After visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, it was a no-brainer for my wife and I to visit the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, on our way home from our trip to Vicksburg, Port Gibson and Oxford. Located at 222 North Street and adjacent to the Museum of Mississippi History, it opened in 2007 and is the first museum dedicated to the telling of the U.S. civil rights movement to be sponsored by a state. Governor Haley Barbour spearheaded the construction of the museum and pushed to have it built next to the planned Museum of Mississippi History. Its mission is to document, exhibit the history of, and educate the public about the American Civil Rights Movement in the state of Mississippi from the end of the Civil War through the 1970s. The museum includes eight galleries, each dedicated to a single theme, a large theater, a small theater shaped like a jail cell, a documentary film about the death of Emmett Till and a film about the Freedom Riders. It focuses on civil rights activists during the turbulent 1960s. There are stories about Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Vernon Dahmer and others who were involved in the Mississippi movement that changed the nation. The museum founders started with 100,000 feet of 16 mm film footage, records of the defunct Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, a state agency whose mission was to strategize ways to oppose racial integration. They also gathered manuscript collections of civil rights activists from the 1940s and 1950s and a large collection of newspapers to use as the core of a museum collection. Gallery 1, the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, documents the history, culture and lives of black people in the state from the first arrival of African-Americans through the end of the Civil War. Gallery 2, Mississippi Black and White, documents the time between the end of the Civil War and 1941 with a focus on lynching, the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow. Gallery 3, at the center of the museum, beneath the rotunda, contains the 40-foot suspended This Little Light of Mine interactive sculpture with lighted panels depicting the faces of activists killed during the civil rights movement. Gallery 4, A Closed Society, depicts the rise of the civil rights movement in Mississippi from 1941 to 1960, including film on Emmett Till and the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court's monumental 1954 decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. Gallery 5, A Tremor in the Iceberg, a reference to the way early civil rights struggles between 1960 and 1962 foretold greater upheaval with film on the life of Medgar Evers and an exhibit on the Freedom Riders. Gallery 6, "I question America," documents the critical years of 1963 and 1964 with film about the Freedom Summer. Gallery 7, "Black Empowerment," documents successes and setbacks of the Mississippi civil rights movement from 1965 to 1975, featuring the bullet-riddled pickup truck owned by Vernon Dahmer, a civil rights leader who died in 1966 after his home was attacked and burned to the ground by the Ku Klux Klan. Gallery 8, "Where do we go from here?" is about contemplating the future of minority citizens in Mississippi. The two museums share a common entrance and lobby. A common rotunda serves as the heart of the complex. In the Civil Rights Museum, visitors first move through an exhibit on the slave trade, then a section on how the Emancipation Proclamation and Reconstruction created African-American communities that began to thrive, then a large room that is dominated by a tree that represents lynching with images of lynchings on the leaves and the types of discrimination permitted and encouraged by Jim Crow laws. The names of more than 600 African-Americans lynched in Mississippi are etched onto five large memorial stones. The remaining section of the museum focuses on a 30-year period during which Mississippi was in the forefront of the civil rights struggle, including a sobering and compelling and riveting exhibit on individuals murdered for their civil rights activism. As a native Chicagoan who didn't become acquainted with race relations until he went to college in the late 1950s, this is a powerful and revealing telling of an important aspect of American history that isn't in the history books.
Written April 20, 2021
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Natchitoches, LA864 contributions
Sobering but speaks the truth!
Apr 2021 • Solo
Having been born in the early 1950’s, many of the events presented in this exhibit happened in my life time. It was very sobering and yet a story that must be told again and again. As a teacher, the pictures of the segregated schools really brought back memories....in the same county a picture of the local white school/contrasted with the school for black students. Don’t miss this museum. Parking garage on the back side or, if you visit on Sunday, there should be plenty of street parking. Plus, admission is free on Sunday’s.
Written April 18, 2021
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Slidell, La62 contributions
Apr 2021
This is housed in an enormous facility in downtown Jackson with the Civil Rights Museum on one side and the Mississippi History Museum on the other. (One ticket gets you in both)
There is no sugarcoating here! The whole history of the movement is told from slavery days through about 1980 in compelling detail. The exhibits range from a listing of all the lynching victims, to klu klux klan robes, to pictures of the freedom riders who came through Jackson, and many more. Throughout there are small theaters on specific topics (such as a Medgar Evans assassination) where you can sit down and watch short movies. You really come away with a better understanding of the brutal nature of the era and how it must have felt to live through it.
Written April 15, 2021
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Mississippi995 contributions
What we wish we had known
Mar 2021 • Couples
The Mississippi Museum of History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum share a massive building located near the old Capitol building in downtown Jackson. There is some street parking available in front of the museums but they also have a lot available in the next block. No food/drinks/gum are allowed in the museum - bags will be searched.

The history museum has two floors and spans the history of Mississippi including those who lived here, industries come and gone through interactive displays. This side of the museum is more wheelchair friendly than the Civil Rights side.

The Civil Rights Museum is jammed packed with information. It’s meant to be seen as 8 separate sections each telling a small part of the story. When we visited COVID concerns set limitations in the number of people allowed in each section we we had to pass through those quickly and returned later when it was less crowded. We’d recommend visiting when you have an abundance of time because truly every sign, quote, display is impressive but it is A LOT to take in during a visit. There are 5 films that play thought the day so if you are not into reading you can ask the attendants for those show times. The central part of the museum is the “this little light of mine” musical display, we highly recommend taking some time to sit and reflect in that area. The quotes and the songs (played every 30 mins) have a way overwhelming you in the power of music. The last section is the “where do we go from here” section where they have opportunities for visitors to share their thoughts on ways we can improve relationships, take a stand and learn to talk about the hard topics.

Accessibility: they offer wheelchairs for those who might need one, it is a lot of close reading so someone with mobility concerns or difficulty standing for longer periods may want to consider this option. Due to COVID they do not currently offer the audio tour but if someone in your party should need that resource the staff said it is available in those situations.

You will EASILY be able to spend 2+ hours here; this isn’t a museum you will likely “complete” in a single visit. There is a gift shop, the attached cafe was not open when we visited.

Every Sunday admission is FREE!
Written March 21, 2021
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Andy M
Saint Paul, MN399 contributions
Must visit- bring family- an amazing learning experience for all!
Dec 2020
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is incredible in so many ways. As a recently developed museum, it has many interactive elements that just enhance the powerful and sometimes chilling stories of the history of civil rights in Mississippi. Our children were very moved by the voices warning them to follow social norms in the Jim Crow section. My wife and I were stunned by the Emmett Till section, including the actual doors from the grocery store where his made up crime supposedly occurred.

I also particularly enjoyed the giant interactive cloth, light, and music sculpture in the common area. It is worth sitting and enjoying it for a while as a catalyst for reflection. The museum does include some graphic and challenging content. I suggest talking to children before and after a visit so they know what to expect, and how to process feelings that may come up from a visit.
Written January 17, 2021
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15 contributions
Wonderful museum
Oct 2020
Amazing experience---Emmett Till part was powerful! Could've spent half a day in there. Beautiful structure externally and internally. And quiet enough during the pandemic to really enjoy.
Written November 24, 2020
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Mobile, AL449 contributions
Powerful museum
Oct 2020
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum communicates the story of the struggle for civil rights in a unique and powerful manner. I learned a lot during my visit about the individuals involved in the fight as well as the horrors that people lived through. We still have a long way to go. The museum is an excellent education tool.
Written October 23, 2020
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Terry R
Columbia, MO30 contributions
A “must see” site
Oct 2020 • Solo
All Americans need to see this. Especially us white people who have been fed misinformation about how everything has been fine for black people since the 13th amendment and MLK. I was one of them.

Terrible things have been done and are still being done in the name of law and order.

If you see this museum and really pay attention to the exhibits you cannot leave unchanged in some way.
Written October 22, 2020
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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM