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The Mississippi Museums

Comprised of a state history museum and civil rights museum, the Two Mississippi Museums project is the most recent addition to Jackson’s Capitol Complex. The Museum of Mississippi History, which replaces and expands a museum damaged in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, will explore a sweep of the state’s history from its earliest times to the present. The adjacent Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the nation’s first state-operated civil rights museum, will examine the struggle for civil rights and equality that changed the course of the state and the nation. The themes of both museums will resonate nationally in coming months as the country commemorates anniversaries of key events in the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil War.

The two museums, which will share public spaces and classrooms, are scheduled to open in the fall of 2017 as the centerpiece of the state’s bicentennial celebration. In addition to proving a home for thousands of artifacts, the museums will showcase the heroic stories of Mississippians—both the famous and the unsung.

Mississippi Museums is an extension of the ongoing Capitol Complex project, a joint venture including Eley Guild Hardy, Dale Partners, and CDFL. The overall project has included the Woolfolk Building, State Supreme Court, the Sillers Building, the William Winter Archives & History Building, and the Museums.

The three firms have been working together on the complex since 1992 with varying levels of participation. CDFL’s involvement in the Mississippi Museums has mainly taken part in Phase 2 – Tenant Improvement – the interior build out of the facility’s shell, currently under construction.

In this phase, CDFL has taken the lead as project manager, coordinating the efforts of consulting engineers and the two exhibit designers. We will continue to manage the project until its anticipated opening in December 2017.

+ is a dynamic team working together

ann-somersAnn Somers, Principal in Charge
chris-myersChris Myers, Project Manager
katie-jo-chaneKatie Jo Chane, Interior Designer
“I could not help but think about how far we have come to this point. And how proud I am of Mississippi and how proud I am that these two buildings are going to show the world—not only the state of Mississippi, not only other states, but the world—who we are, where we have been, where we are today and where we are going.”

– Myrlie Evers, former chair of the NAACP and widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers

by the numbers



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Number of years covered in the history exhibit, 13,000 BCE – present