Museum of Mississippi History

Higher Purpose Co., National Museum of African American History and Culture to Sponsor Free Days at the Two Mississippi Museums therron Fri, 07/01/2022 - 09:03

Higher Purpose Co. (HPC) and the National Museum of African American History and Culture are supporting free admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9, in conjunction with the presentation of The Negro Motorist Green Book exhibit. Admission to the Two Mississippi Museums is free every Sunday.

The Two Mississippi Museums will host an entrepreneur fair in partnership with HPC Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m.—2 p.m. in the Mississippi Hall of History.

“We are grateful to Higher Purpose Co. and the National Museum of African American History and Culture for making it possible for Mississippians to visit the Two Mississippi Museums and increase their knowledge of entrepreneurship,” said Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

“Higher Purpose Co. is excited to collaborate on this timely initiative,” said Tim Lampkin, Founder & CEO of Higher Purpose Co. “HPC is committed to amplifying positive narratives of African Americans and providing business resources to reduce the racial wealth gap in our state. This partnership is yet another example of our consistent strategy to improve the state of Mississippi.”

Support for this collaborative community program is made possible by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Negro Motorist Green Book offers an immersive look at the reality of travel for African Americans in mid-century America and how the annual guide served as an indispensable resource for the nation’s rising African American middle class. The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian, Candacy Taylor, and made possible through the support of Exxon Mobil Corporation. 

Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—Two Mississippi Museums—are located at 222 North Street in Jackson. For more information visit the MDAH Facebook page or email info@mdah.ms.gov.  

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Entrepreneur Fair at the Two Mississippi Museums therron Mon, 06/27/2022 - 16:11

Learn how to promote and support your business with resources from business innovation experts and entrepreneurs at our Entrepreneur Fair at the Two Mississippi Museums in partnership with Higher Purpose Co. Admission to the Two Mississippi Museums is free and includes The Negro Motorist Green Book special exhibit which highlights the history and significance of Black-owned businesses during the Jim Crow era. For more information, visit the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Facebook page.

The Negro Motorist Green Book Exhibit Opening therron Thu, 06/23/2022 - 15:43

The Negro Motorist Green Book special exhibit, created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), will open at the Two Mississippi Museums. Click here for more information.

MDAH Receives $50,000 grant from the Nissan Foundation to Support Field Trips to State History, Civil Rights Museums therron Mon, 06/20/2022 - 14:03

The Nissan Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) to support field trips to the Two Mississippi Museums.

"We are grateful to the Nissan Foundation for their support of our field trip program,” said Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. “School children are one of our most important audiences. The foundation’s generosity will help more students experience what Governor William Winter called the state’s largest classroom.” 

“We’re proud to award MDAH a grant for the unique programming it’s offering community members at a time in our history when conversations about race, ethnicity, bias, education and solutions are at the forefront,” said Chandra Vasser President of the Nissan Foundation and Nissan’s first ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. 

The funds will be used to defray costs such as admission, travel, and on-site lunches for students. To reserve or learn more about field trips at the Two Mississippi Museums, contact Stephanie King, field trips coordinator, at sking@mdah.ms.gov.

Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—Two Mississippi Museums—are located at 222 North Street in Jackson. For more information visit the MDAH Facebook page or email info@mdah.ms.gov

The Nissan Foundation is awarding a total of $848,000 in grants to 33 nonprofit organizations for its 2022 grant cycle. The nonprofit recipients are located in Southern California, Tennessee, Texas, Central Mississippi, Southeast Michigan and the New York and Atlanta metro areas – all locations where Nissan has an operational presence.

As part its 30th anniversary commemoration, the Nissan Foundation has been profiling the work of many of its grantees through written and video storytelling. The anniversary year will culminate with a symposium bringing together Nissan Foundation grantees and thought leaders for dialogue around the foundation’s mission of building community by valuing cultural diversity.

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R.E.A.D. (Read, Engage, and Discover) therron Tue, 06/07/2022 - 13:58

Children and parents are invited to the R.E.A.D. (Read, Engage, and Discover) summer enrichment program at the Two Mississippi Museums. The program will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 17, with a book reading and activity featuring special guest Pamela D.C. Junior, director of the Two Mississippi Museums. For more information, visit the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Facebook page

Juneteenth Free Weekend therron Tue, 06/07/2022 - 13:53

Ingalls Shipbuilding, the largest manufacturing employer in Mississippi, is supporting free admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth. Admission to the Two Mississippi Museums is free every Sunday. Click here for more information. 

Junteenth Free Weekend therron Tue, 06/07/2022 - 13:44

Ingalls Shipbuilding, the largest manufacturing employer in Mississippi, is supporting free admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth. Admission to the Two Mississippi Museums is free every Sunday. Click here for more information. 

Ingalls Shipbuilding to Sponsor Free Days for Juneteenth at the Two Mississippi Museums therron Mon, 06/06/2022 - 14:45

Ingalls Shipbuilding, the largest manufacturing employer in Mississippi, is supporting free admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth. Admission to the Two Mississippi Museums is free every Sunday. 

Signed into law on June 17, 2021, Juneteenth is a federal holiday to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War. On June 19, 1865, Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation now freed all enslaved people.

“We are grateful to Ingalls Shipbuilding for making it possible for thousands of Mississippians to visit the Two Mississippi Museums and celebrate emancipation in the United States,” said Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

“We are honored to provide our shipbuilders and fellow Mississippians with the opportunity to learn more about our state’s African American history,” said Kari Wilkinson president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. “By enabling a greater understanding of the history of the state, our hope is that those in attendance will experience firsthand the stories of perseverance and gain an extraordinary deep appreciation of the sacrifice and courage of those who were pioneers in the fight for civil rights.”

Juneteenth themed tours will be held in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19.

Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—Two Mississippi Museums—are located at 222 North Street in Jackson. For more information visit the MDAH Facebook page or email info@mdah.ms.gov.  

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Summer Music Series: The Eric Stracener Trio therron Wed, 06/01/2022 - 13:25

Enjoy free live music at the Two Mississippi Museums featuring the Eric Stracener Trio.

The World of Marty Stuart Gallery Talks: Behind the Scenes therron Wed, 06/01/2022 - 11:20

Join us on Thursday, June 9, at 11 a.m. for a gallery talk on the country music artifacts and memorabilia displayed in The World of Marty Stuart special exhibit featuring MDAH collections director Nan Prince and MDAH collections curator Megan Bankston at the Two Mississippi Museums. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Museum of Mississippi History Facebook page. 

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