JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In honor of the second annual National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is supporting free admission for the public into the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History on Saturday through Tuesday, Jan. 13-Jan. 16.
“The museums tell powerful stories about our state’s past and how the racial hierarchies in Mississippi in particular have impacted everything from our education system to our economy,” said Rhea Williams-Bishop, director of Mississippi programming for the Kellogg Foundation. “The National Day of Racial Healing helps us come together and develop a shared understanding of our history, as an important step in healing and moving us toward a stronger future for our children.”
Hundreds of events and activities are planned for Jan. 16 across the country by individuals, organizations, governments, businesses and faith-based institutions as part of NDORH. The day was established in 2017 by more than 130 organizations and partners of WKKF’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts who wanted to set aside a day to find ways to focus on healing the wounds created by conscious and unconscious biases.
“The Kellogg Foundation’s gift of free admission to the Two Mississippi Museums is a most appropriate and meaningful way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and to celebrate his extraordinary legacy,” said Katie Blount, director of Mississippi Department of Archives and History. “We look forward to welcoming thousands of people to the Two Mississippi Museums over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, and we are so grateful to the Kellogg Foundation for their continued generosity and support.”
The museums opened on Dec. 9 at 222 North Street in downtown Jackson with support from the foundation, including $2.3 million in 2014 to seed the vision of the Civil Rights Museum and another $1 million endowment announced during the grand opening in December 2017.
While the museum typically is closed on Mondays, they will be open on Monday, Jan. 15, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The museum hours are:
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m to 5 p.m.
Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to free admission into the two museums, visitors can also take their entrance tickets to the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center for courtesy admission from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, and from