The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, July 24, 2014


Years Later, Mississippi Still Lacks Civil Rights Museum
JACKSON, MISS. (AP).- Mississippi bred some of the worst violence of the civil rights era, yet nearly a half-century after a barrage of atrocities pricked the conscience of the nation, it's one of the few civil rights battleground states with no museum to commemorate the era.

Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old black boy, was bludgeoned to death for "sassing" a white woman and his body dumped in the Tallahatchie River in 1955. Mississippi NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers was gunned down outside his home by white sniper in 1963. And three young voter registration activists were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

Such events forced the nation's eyes on the upheaval in the segregated South, and were pivotal in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The absence of a state museum to acknowledge and commemorate these events leads some to question whether Mississippi is ready to embrace its role in history.

"It comes to a point that I don't think Mississippi wants her history clearly told," said state Sen. David Jordan, a black Democrat from Greenwood in Leflore County.

A strong push for a museum didn't come until 2006, when state Sen. Hillman Frazier, a Democrat from Jackson, sponsored a resolution to create a museum study commission. Republican Gov. Haley Barbour took the reins on the project, which appeared to have his support.

A commission that Barbour appointed chose the private Tougaloo College in north Jackson as the museum site in 2008 and gave the project an estimated price tag of $73 million. Tougaloo was a hub of civil rights activity during the 1960s and '70s.

Little else has happened to develop the museum. Organizers raised $470,000, but more than half was spent on consultants. Businessman John Palmer, acting treasurer for the planning commission, said $108,000 is left.

"It's very frustrating when you're visiting Memphis and Birmingham and they're telling Mississippi's history when we're ground zero for civil rights," Frazier said.

Supporters of a museum tout it as a tourism draw. The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., drew 207,143 visitors between July 2008 and June 2009, and had an operating revenue of $4 million.

About 170,000 people visit the permanent exhibit and participate in the programs at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, said Lawrence J. Pijeaux, the Alabama museum's president and CEO.

"It means we're bringing people to the state and it puts revenue in the city and the state," said Pijeaux.

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, noted for his work to improve race relations in the state and a member of Barbour's museum study commission, disagreed with the suggestion that Mississippi's leaders aren't truly interested in creating a museum.

"The problem has not been resistance to the concept of having a civil rights museum," Winter said. "But I do think it's important that those who are interested get together on where it would be located."

He said the Tougaloo site drew criticism from those who wanted the museum in downtown Jackson.

Organizers have said fundraising dried up because of the recession. Frazier said Barbour was to appoint a board to move the project forward, but he never did.

The governor still supports the project, but "it's going through a number of trials and tribulations," said Barbour spokesman Dan Turner.

"There was a split on the committee in choosing the site. Not having that unity behind it helped it lose momentum, Turner said. "Charitable donations are down across the board. Raising money at this time is really difficult."

While the museum project languished, Barbour and lawmakers approved $2.1 million to begin work on a trail of markers describing significant civil rights events. The move didn't please everyone.

"If this is the alternative to the museum, that's horrid. That's shameful. You can't store artifacts out in the street," said Owen Brooks, an 82-year-old Boston native who came to Mississippi in 1965 and participated in literacy, community development and voting rights projects.

Now, even the trail project has hit a snag. It's not clear who dropped the ball. State Bond Commission members said the projects weren't presented for the summer agenda.

However, Hank Holmes, director of the state Department of Archives and History, said his agency was preparing to issue a call for grants to fund trail projects when he learned the projects wouldn't be on the agenda.

"When we found that out we stopped working on it because there would be no money for grants," Holmes said.

Holmes said a civil rights museum for Mississippi is years away.

"There's no organization. There's no governance. There's no building plan. There's no collection. All of that has to be put together before you can open," Holmes said.

With a history rich with heroes, martyrs and perpetrators, the state seems a natural location for museum.

There were Fannie Lou Hamer and other Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party members who challenged the seating of an all-white Mississippi delegation at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. There were Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, the three civil rights workers murdered by the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a Neshoba County deputy sheriff in 1964. Four decades later, Edgar Ray Killen, a part-time preacher, was convicted of manslaughter in their deaths.

These and many other stories must be told, said Rep. Diane Peranich, a white Democrat from Pass Christian who authored the language for the civil rights trail.

"I was so frustrated because I don't know whether it was by design or intent or accident, but there was no movement on the civil rights museum," Peranich said. "I thought a trail, taking it to the location that it happened, certainly would be more true to the history."

Jordan hopes the old Bryant Grocery & Meat Market in Leflore County, where Till supposedly whistled at a white woman, can be preserved once plans for the trail proceed. He said the dilapidated store draws dozens of tourists each year.

"It's almost embarrassing to show what it is now," Jordan said. "It does show a kind of degrading of the situation. It appears as though what happened here isn't significant."

Reuben Anderson, a former state Supreme Court justice who co-chaired Barbour's museum commission, hopes next year's national Freedom Riders reunion in Jackson will jump-start museum activity. The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the daring activists who challenged segregated interstate travel on buses.

"We anticipate we will take whatever assets are left over and whatever artifacts and hold them for the civil rights museum," Anderson said.



Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

The National Civil Rights Museum | Lawrence J. Pijeaux | Medgar Evers |


Last Week News

November 25, 2010

Albrecht Dürer's Adam and Eve Returns to Public Display at the Prado Museum

"An Excellent Year": 14th Edition of Paris Photo Turned the Spotlight on Central Europe

Masterpieces by Felix Vallotton to Take Centre Stage in Sotheby's Zurich Swiss Art Sale

Comedian Steve Martin Novel "An Object of Beauty" Probes New York Art World

British Museum to Manage Portable Antiquities Scheme, as Exciting New Finds Go on Display

Sotheby's London Sees Strong Prices for Spanish, Scandinavian, Orientalist and Greek Art

Julian Lennon to Show Portrait and Landscape Photographs at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center

Survey Exhibition of Important Paintings by Peter Saul at Haunch of Venison in New York

Bonhams in London Sell Hoffmeister Collection of Royal Meissen Porcelain for £3 Million

Property from the Collection of Charles Ryskamp to Be Offered During Old Masters Week

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair Announces Exhibitors and Programming for 2010 Miami Edition

Rare Vintage Photograph by Roger Fenton Saved for Bradford's National Media Museum

Christie's Sales of Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art to Offer an Impressive Array of Rare and Important Works

National Portrait Gallery Reveals Secrets Behind Exhibitions in New Teaching Website

20th Century Modern Design from the Museum of Modern Art Coming to Atlanta Next Spring

Crisis-stricken Greece Plans to Upgrade Facilities at Historic Sites and Museums to Boost Tourism

Author William Faulkner and Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson Return to Mississippi

November 24, 2010

After Much Controversy, Authenticity of Teotihuacan's "The Malinaltepec Mask" Verified

Versace's Return Painting Stolen from a London Home in 1979 to Original Owners

A Rare and Exceptional Example of the First Apple Computer Sells for $212,267 at Christie's

Rare First Edition of the Star Spangled Banner to Be Sold at Christie's in New York

Bonhams Make World Record Prices for Glass and Porcelain Chinese Snuff Bottles

John Lennon's I'm Only Sleeping Lyrics to Be Sold at Bonhams Memorabilia Auction

One Hundred Years after Mark Twain's Death, Centennial Sparks Wave of Nostalgia

Original Drawings by Some of the Greatest Illustrators of Our Time to Be Offered at Sotheby's

3rd Eye: New York University Artist Gets Camera Implanted in Head as Part of Project

Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Work Opens at the National Gallery in London

Exhibition on Treatments and Techniques Used to Conserve Rare Works on Paper at the Getty

Israeli Scientists Drilling in Dead Sea to Unearth Treasures may Answer Scientific Questions

Ansel Adams and Cartier-Bresson Among Famous Names in New York Photography Auction

Bonhams Appoint Deborah Allan Departmental Director of Impressionist & Modern Art

Austria Returns 7 Looted Works of Art to Their Rightful Owners or Heirs

Westminster Abbey, United Kingdom Royalty's Church of Choice for 1,000 Years

Freeman's Realizes $1.5 Million on Americana & Pennsylvania Auctions

New Works by Grayson Perry to Go on Show in Manchester

Founder of Chicago's DuSable Museum Dies

Former Driver to Elderly Poet Guilty of Stealing Artworks by Andy Warhol and Francis Picabia

November 23, 2010

Hungary to Sell Communist Relics to Benefit the Victims of Last Month's Red Sludge Flood

Sotheby's Sale Establishes a World Auction Record for Painter Giuseppe Vermiglio

A 1,800 Year Old Bathing Pool was Discovered Beneath a Miqve by Israeli Archaeologists

Tradition and Innovation at the Netherlands' Art and Antiques Fair: PAN Amsterdam

The Home of Leading Scientist Who Helped Develop the 'Bouncing Bomb' to Be Sold

Science Museum in London to Debut New Permanent Climate Science Gallery

Legendary Rock Legends Pink Floyd Quadraphonic Consoles to Be Sold at Bonhams

Lisson Gallery Presents an Exhibition of New Works by Berlin-Based Artist Ceal Floyer

Connecting Cubism to an American Narrative Exhibition on View at D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc.

Luciana Brito Presents "Back to Simplicity", Including Historic Artworks, by Marina Abramovic

Collectors Respond with Highest-Ever Total for a Photography Sale at Sotheby's Paris

Ten Visionary Artists Express Themselves Around the Iconic Hennessy V.S Bottle

Master Chinese Painter Wu Guanzhong's Works Exhibited at Zhejiang Art Museum

R. Crumb, Daughter Look at Life in "Crazy Artist"

Federico Luger Presents Franklin Evans' Second Solo Exhibition at the Gallery

Reina Sofía Museum Signs Partnership Agreement with the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

Rolls-Royce Phantom III, Featured in Pan's Labyrinth Film, to Sell at Bonhams

Exhibition of New Work by Rachel Kneebone Presented at White Cube Hoxton Square

Bonhams to Hold its Biggest Sale of Remarkable Wine to Date

Extraordinary Opportunities for Collectors of the World's Finest Wines Presented by Christie's Hong Kong

Bonhams Appoint Deborah Allan Departmental Director of Impressionist & Modern Art

Donation of Two Works by Leading Irish Sculptor James McKenna to the Irish Museum of Modern Art

November 22, 2010

Detroit Institute of Arts Opens Exhibition that Examines Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries

Art Gallery of Ontario Opens the Gates to India's Royal Courts in New Exhibition

Treasures of Ancient Chinese Art Return to Public View at the Freer Gallery of Art

Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art in New York Challenges Definition of Drawing

Seoul Auction to Hold Sale and a Special Exhibition of Impressionists & Modern Masters

Mix of Unseen Images and Work Selected from Previous Series by Artists at Stills Gallery

Danish-Vietnamese Artist Danh Vo Conquers x-rummet at the National Gallery of Denmark

Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney Presents Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990-2005

The Work of Alex Katz Travels to North Wales as Part of 2010 Artist Rooms Tour

Beautiful Evidence: Christie's in New York to Offer the Library of Edward Tufte

Important Items from the Hanoverian Royal Family to Be Sold in Arms and Militaria Auction

Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami Presents Bruce Weber: Haiti/Little Haiti

Poppy Sebire Launches the Gallery's New Permanent Home in Southwark with New Exhibition

Laumeier Unveils New Blind Maquettes with Support From Lighthouse for the Blind - Saint Louis

Medal from Charge of the Light Brigade Offered at Bonhams

Guillotines, Scalpels and Ant Farms Provide Unique Opportunity To Reveal Unexpected Views into Architecture

Getty Conservation Institute Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Study Ancient Greek Pottery

Notable D.C. Chefs Create Art-Inspired Birthday Cakes for the Phillips Collection's 89th Anniversary

Critically Acclaimed Gallery Renovations Continue with Two Major Fall Projects

November 21, 2010

Exhibition at Bauhaus Dessau Marks the 100th Birthday of Bauhaus Student Kurt Kranz

SFMOMA Announces Exhibition on the Art and Influence of Gertrude Stein and Her Family

Peru President Alan Garcia Says Yale University to Return Thousands of Inca Artifacts

Rare 1939 Batman Comic Sells for Nearly $500k at Heritage Auctions in Dallas

Rare 15th Century Manuscript Returned to National Trust's Lyme Park

Bonhams Cements Its Position as Market Leader for Japanese Art in Europe

ICA Boston Presents One of the Leading Figures in Contemporary Art: Mark Bradford

Implications with Sale of the Crosby Garrett Helmet Called for an Urgent Review of The Treasure Act

Diminutive Yet Powerfully Resonant Objects by Charles LeDray at the Whitney Museum

Bank Art Conservation Programme Provides Funds to Restore Iconic Maclise Masterpiece

Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-66 on View at the Menil Collection in Houston

Study Photographs and Paintings by Norman Rockwell at the Brooklyn Museum

Contemporary Canadian Artist Daniel Barrow Wins $50,000 2010 Sobey Art Award

A Hannukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind's Line of Fire Opens at the Jewish Museum

Institute of American Indian Arts Archives Announce the Acquisition of the Lloyd H. New Papers

Important Italian Design Collection of Max Palevsky to Be Sold by Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Thirteen New Paintings by Scottish Artist Christopher Orr on Display at Hauser & Wirth Zürich

Woman Pleads Guilty in Destruction of Artwork

November 20, 2010

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg Presents an Overview of Alberto Giacometti's Mature Work

Denver Museum Prepares for Next Steps in Scientific Analysis of the Ice Age Fossil Site

Stonehenge Gets Multimillion-Pound Grant for Major Makeover to Help Restore Dignity

Scientists Attempt to Solve the Mystery of Danish Astronomer Tycho Brahe's Sudden Death

World's Most Famous Diamond Unveiled at National Museum of Natural History

Colombian Fernando Botero's Matadors, Chile's Matta Top Latin American Auction at Christie's

Important American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture to Be Auctioned at Sotheby's New York

United States Government Returns Art Work Stolen Over Three Decades Ago to Owner

Rijksmuseum Anounces Two Acquisitions that Highlight the Birth of Christ

Two Ancient Statues Stolen in the 1980s From Italian Museums are Now Home

An Old Bearded Man by Gerard Dou; A Highlight in the Old Master Paintings Sale at Sotheby's

Ford's Model A: Michigan Museum Plans to Break Ground on New Museum Next Year

Getty Announces Exhibition that Recreates a Day in the Life of an 18th Century Parisian Townhouse

Major Retrospective of Paintings by Alexis Rockman Opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Staff Promotions Announced by Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

Major Sculptures and Projections by Seven Internationally Significant Artists at The Fruitmarket Gallery

New Chair and Five New Members of the Board of Directors Announced by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Meet the New Curators for 2012 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site