by Amber Helsel
The Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened on Dec. 9 to much fanfare. The museums give a full picture of the state's history, from Native American culture to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Here is some of what you might see while at the museums.
In the center of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the lighted sculpture, "This Little Light of Mine," becomes more active as more people gather under it.
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum tells powerful, unfiltered stories from the Civil Rights Movement, including Emmett Till's murder.
Each branch of the museum tells a story from the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. The sixth one, "I Question America," explores violence during the movement.
"Black Empowerment" tells the stories of civil-rights heroes such as Forrest Hill NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer, who died after the Ku Klux Klan burned his family's house, car and grocery store.
The Museum of Mississippi History (MMH) explores the stateís history, including the people who inhabited the area from 13,000 B.C. to 1518 A.D.
Part of the MMH follows the state's colonization by Europeans through "frontier justice," Native American removal and Mississippi's eventual statehood.
The MMH has a "scenic overlook" that's great for selfies—from this vantage point you can see all the "One Mississippi, Many Stories" signs.
The MMH features exhibits such as one on the state's news stations.
In the MMH, visitors can reflect on Hurricane Katrina's effect on the state in "Rising from the Ruins."
The MMH has replicas of landmarks in Mississippi's blues history such as Lucille's Place juke joint.
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