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September 21, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi) - Governor Haley Barbour and newly-appointed members of the Governor's Commission to Establish a National Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi held an organizational meeting today with an eye toward creating a world-class museum that will present Mississippi's historic role in the civil rights movement.


“There is enormous interest in the history of the civil rights movement, and I am convinced visitors will come from all over the country - indeed, from all over the world - to experience the historical essence that the museum can and must capture,” Governor Barbour said. “I am excited about this project on many different levels and appreciate the willingness of so many prominent Mississippians to serve on the commission that will guide its development."


Governor Barbour said former State Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson and former U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Charles Pickering will co-chair the commission. In addition, there are three advisory committees, including a previously appointed committee of legislators, a Historical Advisory Committee, and a University Committee.


The commission consists of three working groups for research, planning and implementation in the following areas: Finance and Design, Location, and Presentation. Commission members will meet for a three-month period and complete an interim report by December 2006.


The Executive Order includes the individuals that will be appointed to serve as Members of the Museum Commission.