Celebrating Mississippi's Bicentennial | 200 years | 1817 - 2017

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Celebrating 200 years of Mississippi history and the state's bright future.

The Bicentennial will be celebrated all year long, from the three marquee Mississippi Bicentennial Celebrations to events large and small in communities all around the state. As Mississippians come together around a shared history, keep up with celebrations from the Gulf Coast to the River, and through the Pines, Delta and Hills regions here.

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2 Museums Grand Opening

December 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thousands of people from across the state and nation will travel to Jackson to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial at the grand opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday, December 9.


A program featuring live music and remarks by project partners, elected officials and local and national civil rights figures will begin at 11 a.m. on Entergy Plaza at 222 North Street, with a ribbon-cutting and tours of the museums to follow. Speakers include Governor Phil Bryant, former governors Haley Barbour and William Winter and former NAACP chair Myrlie Evers.


Schedule of Events

11 a.m. – Opening ceremony with ribbon cutting begins

1 p.m. – Performance by Heart Society featuring Teneia Sanders-Eichelberger and Ben Eichelberger

2:30 p.m. – Grammy-nominated gospel singer Doug Williams performs

4 p.m. – Music from Steve Azar and the Kings Men, a group of all-star musicians who played with B.B. King, Elvis Presley and other musical “kings”


Please note: Free parking will be available at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds with shuttle service to the museums. Events outside the museums are open to the public, but only attendees who claimed timed tickets will be admitted to the museums on December 9.


Click here for additional information. https://www.mdah.ms.gov/new/news/new-museums-opening-on-dec-9/


December 9, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm