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Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History visited the Starkville Rotary Club Monday at the Starkville Country Club to talk about plans for two new museums commemorating the histories of Mississippi and its civil rights movement.
In October, MDAH and other organizations broke ground on a site in Jackson that will host both the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the nationâ€™s first state-operated civil rights museum, and a new Museum of Mississippi History that will replace and expand a museum damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Lucy Allen, director of MDAHâ€™s museum division, said while the building shells would be complete in summer 2015, the museum would still need to be furnished with exhibits after that. As a result, she said MDAH plans to open the museums in 2017 to coincide with the bicentennial anniversary of Mississippiâ€™s statehood.
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