Miss. Museum Shows Focuses on Civil Rights Movement to Open People’s Eyes

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum has recently opened in Jackson, Mississippi.

This year happens to the 200th anniversary of the state of Mississippi. The Museum of Mississippi History also reopened this year in the same building as the civil rights museum. The Mississippi Museum of Art opened a new exhibit that has many pictures of Mississippi from 1817 to 2017 to highlights what makes Mississippi special for the anniversary.

This human right museum for blacks concentrates on the 3 decades between World War II and the 1970s. It is a repository of all the information that could be about the civil rights movement.

Within this repository, a person will find tight, dim-lit enclosed spaces that have many, many photos, texts, films and recordings. It is hard to cover all this material in two hours.

This repository starts with the slave traffic done by Europeans which brought blacks to theviu Mississippi in the 16th century. The civil rights movement was created three hundred years later to finally give these ex-slaves the rights that they deserved like voting.

This repository will not linger on major events like the War Between the States, Reconstruction and the demise of Jim Crow. It then concentrates on what happens when black troops come home from WWII. These troops had more freedom as soldiers and it was hard for them to go back home where they had less freedom. They tried to fight the racism, However, the whites violently stopped them.

After World War II, the violence done to blacks was recorded and put in this museum. This repository has within its walls tall, billboard size plaques that list blacks who died due to lynching. A lynching is when a person kills another by hanging them from a tree. White people used this method of killing often on black people.

This repository will concentrate on a 14 year -old teenager named Emmett Till. White people tortured and killed him in 1955. Why did they do this? He whistled at a white woman. His battered body was depicted in a picture that appeared in the black-focused magazine called Jet magazine. An individual would find this photo highly memorable.

The approach of the Mississippi human right repository to have a realistic approach to what was happening in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Some people would find this approach to be interesting, thought-provoking and cinematic.