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Hancock Bank Donates to 2 Mississippi Museums Project

FROM MDAH RELEASES — Hancock Bank has made a $50,000 contribution to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for the 2 Mississippi Museums project. The gift will sponsor the “Sitting In” section of the “Tremor in the Iceberg” gallery of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.Hancock check presentation (5-12-16)

The gallery documents the escalation of civil rights activities in the early 1960s that led to national and international media attention being focused on Mississippi. In the “Sitting In” section, visitors will learn of the courage, daring, and tactical brilliance of early sit-ins and other protests, which provoked violent responses while shining a bright light on injustice. Continue reading


AT&T Makes Donation to 2MM Project

FROM MDAH RELEASES — AT&T has made a $250,000 contribution to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for the 2 Mississippi Museums project. The gift will sponsor the Black Empowerment Gallery in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.AT&T check presentation (5-6-16)

“We are excited about the opportunity to support the 2 Mississippi Museums project and honor Judge Reuben Anderson with the naming of the Black Empowerment Gallery,” said Mayo Flynt, president of AT&T Mississippi. “It is a fitting tribute to Judge Anderson, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, a trailblazer of many firsts in Mississippi, and a living example of this gallery’s story. As we remember the sacrifices of those who worked for racial progress in Mississippi, it is also important to celebrate their hard won achievements and encourage the message of racial reconciliation in each succeeding generation.” Continue reading


BankPlus Donates $300,000 to 2 Mississippi Museums Project

FROM MDAH RELEASES—BankPlus has made a $300,000 donation to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The gift will sponsor the front porch of the 2 Mississippi Museums. Continue reading


1817 Constitution, Historic Flag Heart of Exhibit

constitution-interiorFROM MDAH RELEASES — On December 10, 1817, Mississippi became the nation’s twentieth state. In 2016 a new traveling exhibit featuring the first US flag to include the new state and Mississippi’s first constitution will tour the state to celebrate the approaching bicentennial.

“Thousands of Mississippians will see these treasures in their courthouses, libraries, and other community spaces,” said Mississippi Department of Archives and History director Katie Blount. “We are excited to partner with local groups in commemorating two hundred years of statehood by taking these incredibly significant artifacts directly to the people.”

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MDAH Produces Voting Rights Act Film

FROM MDAH RELEASES — On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, one of the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in United States history. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of this watershed event, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History partnered with the Southern Documentary Project, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, to produce an original short film, “50 Years and Forward: The Voting Rights Act in Mississippi.” Continue reading


BCBS of Mississippi Gift of $1M Announced

bcbs-interior-groupFROM MDAH RELEASES — The Mississippi Department of Archives and History celebrated a $1 million contribution from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi with the first inside peek at the museums.  Known for its support of Mississippi’s communities, arts, and culture, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi was one of the initial contributors to the 2 Mississippi Museums Project in 2013.  The gift is funding the orientation theater, which will be housed in the Museum of Mississippi History, where visitors will begin their museum journey.

The announcement was made June 11 from the William F. Winter Archives and History Building overlooking the construction site of the 2 Mississippi Museums in downtown Jackson. Continue reading


Nissan Commits $500,000 to Museums

Nissan-interiorFROM MDAH RELEASES – The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has received a $500,000 donation from Nissan for the 2 Mississippi Museums project. The gift will sponsor the “I Question America” gallery in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the dining room shared by the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The announcement was made April 27 from the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton. Continue reading


Trustmark, Butler Snow Donate to 2MM

Butler Snow and Trustmark-interiorFROM MDAH RELEASES — The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has received $850,000 in commitments from Trustmark and Butler Snow for the 2 Mississippi Museums project. Trustmark’s gift of $500,000 will sponsor the lobby and Community Room shared by the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History. Butler Snow’s $350,000 donation will sponsor the opening gallery, “Mississippi’s Freedom Struggle,” in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Continue reading


$2.5 Million in Gifts Announced

FROM MDAH RELEASES — neilsen-interiorThe Mississippi Department of Archives and History has received commitments for $2.5 million in gifts from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and philanthropist Ray Neilsen. The funds, given to the Foundation for Mississippi History, will be used for exhibits in the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum now under construction in downtown Jackson. These gifts are the largest received to date. Continue reading


$2.3 Million Kellogg Grant Announced

kellogg announcement photoFROM MDAH RELEASES — The Mississippi Department of Archives and History will receive $2.3 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support programming through the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and fund a partnership between MDAH, the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. The grant will make possible educational initiatives such as summer teacher training programs and school workshops, public programs in communities throughout the state, and the digitization of important historical documents from the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Collection at MDAH. The announcement was made October 14 in Jackson at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Continue reading