Winter: Barbour initiated discussion of civil rights museum

April 14, 2011

Education, Politics

By Stephen McDill

Former Mississippi governor William Winter says politics had nothing to do with Gov. Haley Barbour’s decision to push for the construction of a civil rights museum in Jackson.

The Jackson attorney says that both the state history and the civil rights museums will be a “celebration” of Mississippi’s history and their grand openings will coincide with the Magnolia State’s bicentennial in 2017.

In the video below, Winter also comments on his relationship with former state justice Reuben Anderson and recalls how they worked alongside Barbour to push plans for the civil rights museum through the right financial and legislative channels.

Winter also dismisses critics of the museums who say the state doesn’t have enough money to support either project, citing Mississippi’s successful financing and building of highways in the 1930’s and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the 1950’s.

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About Stephen McDill

Stephen McDill joined the Mississippi Business Journal in 2008 after working in radio and television. He is a graduate of Belhaven University and has won awards for his writing and photojournalism from the Associated Press and Mississippi Press Association.

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