The Group Travel Leader

JUN 2017

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2 1 A DUAL DEBUT Mississippi is celebrating its bicentennial throughout 2017 with events scheduled in various parts of the state. But the festivities will culminate in December in the capital city of Jackson, where two new museums will open to tell the story of statehood, as well as Mississippi's role in the civil rights movement. The two museums will sit adjacent to each other in a 200,000-square-foot center that has been funded with more than $107 million of public and private money. The Museum of Mississippi History will tell the comprehensive story of the state, beginning with the area's Native American inhabitants and con- tinuing through slavery, statehood, the Civil War and Reconstruction, as well as events of the 20th and 21st centuries. Thousands of people around the state have donated artifacts to the museum, including a rare 20-star American flag that com- memorates Mississippi's entrance into the Union as the 20th state. The second institution, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, will feature seven thematic galler- ies that tell the story of African-Americans' struggle for freedom and justice in the state between 1945 and 1976. W W W.G IV E 2 M IS S IS S IP PI M US EU M S.C O M Courtesy MS Dept. of Archives and History 3 662-423-0051 662-423-0051 Elvis at 13 Bronze Statue Elvis Presley Event Center State-of-the-Art Theater Elvis Presley Birthplace

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