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At noon on Wednesday, September 26, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Lucy Allen, Jim Eley, Jimbo Harwell, and David Morris will present “The Architecture of the Two Mississippi Museums.”

As the director of the MDAH Museum Division, Lucy Allen oversaw the construction of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. She will discuss the history of the project, from its beginnings in the late 1990s as a new facility for the Museum of Mississippi History—then located in the Old Capitol Building—through the impact of Hurricane Katrina and the addition of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Architects Jim Eley and David Morris will revisit the initial site plans, design concepts, and goals for the state history museum, and address the challenges presented by broadening the project from one to two museums. Architect Phil Freelon will explain in a video presentation the ideas behind his design for the façade of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Jimbo Harwell, director of design for GodwinGroup, will talk about the evolution of his designs for the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum logos and the process of working from the architectural designs to develop those graphics.

Lucy Allen joined the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 1978, working in the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History as an assistant curator of exhibits. She went on to become director of education and programs, Old Capitol Museum director, and in 2002 Museum Division director. In 2018 Allen received the Dunbar Rowland Award from the Mississippi Historical Society for her lifelong contributions to the preservation, study, and interpretation of Mississippi history.

Jim Eley is the founding principal in the Jackson office of EGH Architects. He is a member of the AIA College of Fellows, past-president of the Mississippi Chapter of the AIA, and former member of the National AIA Board of Directors. He has served on the Advisory Councils of the MSU and Auburn Schools of Architecture. Appointed by two governors, he has served twice on the State Board of Architecture.

David Morris is a senior project manager in the Jackson office of EGH Architects. He has served as key designer of projects throughout the state, some as joint venture associations with other architectural firms, including the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Gartin Building, USM’s Scianna Hall, and UM’s Civil Rights Memorial and Khayat Law Center. From 1997 until the interior construction documents, Morris was ECD’s principal designer for the Two Mississippi Museums project.

Jimbo Harwell is director of design for GodwinGroup in Jackson. His background includes freelance and agency graphic design and art direction for a wide variety of clients, including retail businesses, restaurants, schools and universities, real estate, museums and the music industry. Harwell has worked on accounts including Trustmark, Mississippi Power, Mississippi Department of Education, and Great American Steamboat Company.

The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—located at 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. There is no charge to attend. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email


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October 10—Brad Lieb will present “First Encounter, 1540 AD: Hernando de Soto and the Spanish Entrada into Chickasaw Nation.” This program will be in the Old Capitol Museum.

October 17—Kathleen Bond will present "The Future of Natchez's Past."

October 24—Producers Taiwo Gaynor and John Gibson will screen the Mississippi Public Broadcasting documentary Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up.

October 31—Peter B. Miazza will discuss his new book Voices Heard from the Grave: Jackson’s Greenwood Cemetery. Sales and signing to follow.

November 7—Jeff Giambrone will present “Mississippi in World War I.”

November 14—Joe Wise will present “Above the Trenches: Mississippians in the First Air War.”

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