Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Miami Valley company helps create Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Miami Valley company helps create Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

The statement continued saying that Trump's attendance and "hurtful policies" are "an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum".

Rep. John Lewis announced that he would not be attending the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum over the weekend, because President Donald Trump will be there.

Dr. Amos Brown, NAACP board member and San Francisco Branch President, said in the statement: "As a freedom fighter and contemporary of Emmett Till, Trump's visit is an insult".

Those were ways of making a dig against African-Americans who dared challenge racial oppression, and journalists covering the civil rights movement. He was held at the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

The opening of the History of Mississippi Museum will also be part of the ceremonies.

The two African American congressmen issued a joint statement about their decision, arguing Trump's presence "disrespects" the efforts of Mississippi's black civil rights leaders. A museum of Mississippi History covers 15,000 years of human habitation.

Several prominent Mississippi Democrats say they won't attend.


The two distinct museums under a single roof are both funded by State tax dollars and private donations.

"The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in MS", the statement said before criticizing "President Trump's disparaging comments" about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players. "He has never been a supporter of civil rights or equal opportunity or justice".

Brice, with Mississippi's chapter of Pantsuit Nation, said protesters will greet the president when he arrives in Jackson. The family escaped, but Vernon Dahmer's lungs were seared and he died.

Parts of the Dahmers' bullet-riddled truck are now in the museum with several photos.

"This institution and event should be a celebration of the hard-won progress in civil rights, but the main speaker, Donald Trump, is actively attacking that progress and turning us back to the dark days of hatred and division", Mabus said. One gallery's ceiling shows decades-old racist advertising images.

Ku Klux Klan robes are also on display. So are mug shots of black and white Freedom Riders, who were arrested in Jackson in 1961 for challenging segregation on buses. But for Mississippians of the era, the struggle played out right outside their doors.

The central gallery provides a hopeful respite: An abstract sculpture 30 feet (9 meters) tall lights up as a soundtrack plays the folk song "This Little Light of Mine".

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