Central Event

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.

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.

Saturday, December 9 :

  • 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”