Published: Пт, Декабря 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Citing Trump, John Lewis Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening

Citing Trump, John Lewis Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening

"We are telling a much longer story in the Museum of Mississippi History, a much deeper story in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum", noted Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Bennie G. Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat.

"Mississippi's troubled past will be laid bare, but also the hope of its people, then and now, will be on display for all to see", said Governor Phil Bryant (R-Mississippi) during a press conference touting both a new state history museum and the Civil Rights Museum.

In particular, Lewis pointed to the president's "disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players".

A display in the civil rights museum tells of the 1966 KKK firebombing of the Dahmer home outside Hattiesburg after Vernon Dahmer, the local NAACP leader, announced he would pay poll taxes for black people registering to vote.

Decades later, as MS marks its bicentennial, the State is getting an unflinching look at its own complex and often brutal past in two history museums, complete with displays of slave chains, Ku Klux Klan robes and graphic photos of lynchings and firebombings. The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington has attracted crowds since opening in 2016.

"President Trump's statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement".

Jerry Spangler, Vice President of Special Environments at the company said, "This is another project, a very special project to us, that we can hang our hat on and be very proud of". He was held at the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

In the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, columns list about 600 documented lynchings - majority of black men.

"If God gives me the breath and the strength, I will address his attendance when I stand to speak", she told The New York Times.

Lewis made the announcement Thursday.

Reuben Anderson, the first black state Supreme Court justice, has said he won't abandon the platform after helping to lead private fundraising efforts for the museum. A museum of Mississippi History covers 15,000 years of human habitation. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum keeps those stories alive and relevant.

The museums take an unflinching look at the state's past - complete with displays of slave chains, Ku Klux Klan robes and graphic photos of lynchings and firebombings.

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