President Donald Trump will visit Mississippi for opening of civil rights museum
President Donald Trump will visit Jackson Saturday to mark the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, according to CNN.
The museum, opening alongside the Mississippi Museum of History, opens a day before the state’s bicentennial anniversary.
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum tells the state’s long, embattled story starting with slavery and the Civil War and followed by the brutality of the Jim Crow era, which includes pillars with the names of men and women who were lynched in Mississippi during that time.
Most of the museum’s exhibits tells the story of African-Americans in Mississippi from 1945 to 1976. The rifle used to kill Medgar Evers is just one of the chilling artifacts on display.
“We were ground zero for the movement,” said Pamela Junior, the museum’s director, in November. “We want people to come to Mississippi. We want them to see our history so when they come out they come out for the better.”
The Mississippi Association of County Democratic Chairs released a statement Tuesday condemning Trump’s scheduled appearance.
“As the direct political heirs to the Freedom Democratic Party and in the spirit of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, we call upon all the authorities involved to cancel any appearance and remarks by President Donald Trump immediately,” it reads.