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September 21, 2006

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 969


GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
IN MISSISSIPPI

 

WHEREAS, the State of Mississippi played a pivotal role in the National Civil Rights Movement, and

 

WHEREAS, the National Civil Rights Movement will always influence the lives of citizens across our nation, and

 

WHEREAS, the preservation of Mississippi’s history as well as the establishment of a world-class museum to present Mississippi’s role in this history is important for our citizens, our state, and our nation,

 

NOW THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, establish the Governor’s Commission to Establish a National Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi (“Museum Commission”), and hereby take the following actions:

 

Section I: Museum Commission

 

A. The following individuals shall be appointed to serve as Members of the Museum Commission:

 

1. The Honorable Reuben Anderson
2. Mayor Xavier Bishop
3. The Honorable Gerald Blessey
4. Representative Sid Bondurant
5. The Honorable Willie E. Brown
6. Lee Bush
7. Myrna Colley-Lee
8. Niania Colom
9. Ellie J. Dahmer
10. Jerry Dattel
11. The Honorable Mike Espy
12. The Honorable Charles Evers
13. Representative George Flaggs
14. Socrates Garrett
15. Dr. Beverly Hogan
16. Senator John Horhn
17. Virginia House-Adolph
18. Helman Johnson
19. Jon Levingston
20. Susan Lunardini
21. Dr. Leslie McLemore
22. Alan Moore
23. The Honorable John Palmer
24. Dr. John Peoples
25. Lisa Percy
26. The Honorable Charles W. Pickering, Sr.
27. James E. Prince, III.
28. The Honorable Al Rosenbaum
29. Senator Charlie Ross
30. C. D. Smith
31. Dr. Robert Smith
32. Leland Speed
33. Dr. Sylvia Stewart
34. Mayor McArthur Straughter
35. Leroy Walker
36. Mayor Phillip West
37. Rosemary Williams
38. The Honorable William Winter
39. Gene Young

 

B. The Museum Commission shall be co-chaired by the Honorable
Reuben Anderson and the Honorable Charles W. Pickering, Sr.

 

C. Chairs for the Advisory Committees shall serve Ex Officio on the
Museum Commission.

 

Section II: Advisory Committees to the Museum Commission

 

A. The following individuals shall be appointed to serve as Members of the Advisory Committees to the Museum Commission:

 

B. The Legislative Advisory Committee shall be comprised of the members
of the Civil Rights Museum Joint Study Committee established pursuant to Senate Concurrent Resolution 627, 2006 Regular Session Laws.

 

1. Senator Hillman Frazier
2. Rep. John Reeves
3. Senator Terry Burton
4. Rep. Alice Clarke
5. Senator Alice Harden
6. Rep. Walter Robinson
7. Hank T. Holmes, Director, Mississippi Department of Archives and History

 

C. The Legislative Advisory Committee shall be co-chaired by Senator
Hillman Frazier and Representative John Reeves.

 

D. The University Advisory Committee shall be comprised of the Presidents
of the eight (8) publicly supported universities, or their designee.

 

1. Dr. Robert Khayat, Chancellor, University of Mississippi
2. Dr. Robert H. Foglesong, President, Mississippi State University
3. Dr. John Hilpert, President, Delta State University
4. Dr. Claudia Limbert, President, Mississippi University for Women
5. Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr., President, Jackson State University
6. Dr. Lester Newman, President, Mississippi Valley State
University.
7. Dr. Shelby Thames, President, University of Southern Mississippi
8. Malvin Williams, Interim President, Alcorn State University

 

E. The University Advisory Committee shall be chaired by Chancellor Robert Khayat.

 

F. The Co-Chairs of the Museum Commission shall establish an Historical Advisory Committee and appoint its chair.

 

Section III: Functions/Recommendations

 

A. The Museum Commission shall make a report and corresponding recommendations to the Governor on the following matters, at a minimum:

 

1. The overall feasibility of establishing a National Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi, including the scope and size of the project, and
2. The best location for a National Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi, and
3. A plan for identifying sources of state, federal and private funding for a National Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi, as well as for developing and implementing a sustainable private funding strategy for the Museum, and
4. Any and all other relevant recommendations that will facilitate the establishment of a National Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi.

 

B. The Museum Commission shall set its own meeting schedule and may establish its own rules of procedure.

 

Section IV: Deadline

 

The Museum Commission shall make its initial report to the Governor on or before December 15, 2006. Thereafter, the Commission may make reports as necessary to the Governor until the Museum Commission concludes its activities and makes a final report to the Governor.

 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.

 

DONE, at the Capitol in the City of Jackson, the 21st day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-first.

 

HALEY BARBOUR
GOVERNOR