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July 10, 2006




Civil Rights Museum Federation Committee
C/o Mississippi Department of Archives and History


Re: Establishment of a Mississippi Civil Rights Museum


Dear Committee Members:


It is my understanding that the Civil Rights Museum Federation Committee is meeting today to discuss the opportunities available to the committee for the establishment of a Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.


As Cicero said, “History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and bring us tidings of antiquity.” For these reasons, as some of you may know, I have been working privately to support efforts to establish a civil rights museum that will help Mississippians preserve their history and help others appreciate how our state’s history continues to influence the rights of all citizens today.


I applaud your efforts and wish to join with you in this endeavor. It is my intent to create a museum taskforce to bring together representatives from the public and private sector, from within our state and outside our borders. My purpose is to ensure that we harness all the possible resources and talent available to create a world-class museum worthy of our efforts. By combining state funds with private investment, we will be able to achieve our goal.


By this letter, I am extending to all of the Civil Rights Museum Federation Committee members an invitation to be a part of the Governor’s Civil Rights Museum Taskforce.
More information about the Governor’s Taskforce will be forthcoming. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Daryl Neely in my office. Again, I look forward to working with you.


Haley Barbour