Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Project size: 70,000 square feet
Opening simultaneously with the Museum of Mississippi History as part of the state’s bicentennial celebration, the 70,000 square-foot Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (MCRM) chronicles the history of the “Mississippi Movement” during the pivotal years of 1945 to 1970. Designed by Perkins+Will with architect of record ECD (a three-firm joint venture of Eley Guild Hardy Architects, Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons, PA, and Dale Partners), the new museum honors the struggles and achievements of the Mississippi Movement.
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and The Museum of Mississippi History (MCRM) are interconnected institutions that share a common lobby, civic plaza, and open-air courtyard. The west elevation of MCRM faces the entry plaza and builds on the idea that conflicting lines of tension can converge and eventually lead to resolution and enlightenment. This architectural element, composed of terra-cotta panels, offers a subtle yet compelling introduction to the stories of struggle and triumph conveyed by the exhibits within eight distinct and themed galleries inside.