TUPELO – Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday the construction of a state civil rights museum should not be contingent on raising private money for the project.
During an interview with the Daily Journal editorial board, the Republican governor and likely presidential candidate reiterated his support for passage of legislation this session to fund the civil rights museum in conjunction with a separate Mississippi history museum.
“I would like for this session to come out with a civil rights museum … based on state funding,” Barbour said.
He added, “To make building of the museums contingent on private funds is something we have never done. And I don’t think we should now.”
The bill that passed the Senate would require private financing. The House opposes that provision.
Read more in Tuesday’s Daily Journal.
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