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Citing Trump, John Lewis Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening

08 December 2017

The Representatives added: "After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum".

UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. U.S. Rep John Lewis says he won't speak at the opening of Mississippi Civil Rights and History Museums, calling it intolerable that President Donald Trump will attend.

According to The Republic, two museums, The Museum of Mississippi History and The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, will share one building and will not shy away from the perils of the state's history, including slave chains, graphic lynching, firebombing photos and KKK robes.

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"The civil rights marchers who are being honored would turn over in their grave knowing that somebody who's stood for that stuff would be in attendance", Thompson told the Boston Globe "The question is, do I want to be associated with someone who is that narrow in focus". He was held at the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Rep. Lewis was scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

. A museum of Mississippi History covers 15,000 years of human habitation.

Both the Mississippi Democratic Party and the NAACP chapter in Mississippi said they had not been informed that Trump had been invited by Bryant until it was published in news reports.

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Saturday's opening of these two museums dedicated to that single objective is a fitting tribute to our state's 200th birthday. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will span from 1945 to 1976. He fired back at Klansmen who were shooting at his burning house. The couple's 10-year-old daughter was severely burned. Brice said the protesters are expected to come from all over the state for Saturday's 11 a.m. event to celebrate Mississippi's bicentennial and the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

"After careful consideration and conversations with church leaders, elected officials, civil right activists and many citizens of our congressional districts, we have decided not to attend or participate in the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum". One gallery's ceiling shows decades-old racist advertising images.

A large display tells about Emmett Till, the black teenager from Chicago who was kidnapped and killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman working in a MS grocery store in 1955. As more visitors enter, more voices join the chorus and more lights flicker, symbolizing how one person's work can become part of a larger effort that leads to change.

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Citing Trump, John Lewis Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening