Mississippi Civil Rights Museum update set for today in Tupelo

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djournal-In-the-NewsBy Robbie Ward

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Northeast Mississippi residents have a chance today to hear an update on the nation’s only state-funded civil rights museum planned to open in Jackson and find out how their documents and other materials could possibly appear in the historical attraction.

Jacqueline Dace, project manager for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and Joyce Dixon-Lawson, a historic resources specialist with the state’s Department of Archives and History, will travel from Jackson to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 502 North Spring St., for a two-hour program beginning at 6 p.m. related to documenting Mississippi’s Civil Rights Movement.

“I want to make sure people can fully understand and appreciate how significant Mississippi’s role was in the civil rights movement itself,” Dace said Wednesday. “I also want young people to understand they can make a difference in their own communities and not necessarily be satisfied with the status quo.”

Another part of the program will involve Tupelo City Council President Nettie Davis sharing her personal stories as an activist in the civil rights movement.

This event will provide information about the museum that’s expected to open in 2017.

Public and private funding will pay for the state’s civil rights museum, a project constructed in unison with a new Museum of Mississippi History.

robbie.ward@journalinc.com