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Honoring Courage: A New Era of Opportunity

May 13, 2016
Keith Williams
Keith Williams

Two museums currently under construction in Mississippi’s capital city will recount the state’s story of struggle, progress and achievement.

Stories of Sacrifice and Resilience

The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum are scheduled to open in downtown Jackson in December 2017 as part of Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration. The Museum of Mississippi History will encompass the entire sweep of the state’s history, from its earliest times to the present.


The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will focus on the period of 1945 – 1976, telling the story of the struggle for equal opportunity and fair treatment under the law. In the “Sitting In” section of the museum, visitors will learn about the courage of people orchestrating the early sit-ins and other public protests, such as the Mississippi Coast wade-ins, which challenged racial segregation of the beaches and helped open all beaches for public use by all races.


Mississippi Regional President Keith Williams (far right) joins alumni of 1959, 1960, and 1963 Mississippi Coast wade-ins in presenting Hancock Bank's contribution to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum for an exhibit commemorating the wade-ins and other public protests bringing about equal opportunities for all citizens. 

Opportunity for All Our Citizens

We’re proud to support these new Mississippi landmarks designed to help people appreciate the talent, tradition, struggle and resilience that are so much a part of our state’s history.


As we reflect on our company’s purpose to create opportunities for people and the communities we serve, we’re also very honored and humbled to commemorate the Mississippi Coast wade-ins and other public protests and pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice that led to a new era of opportunity across Mississippi and America. 

Learn more about Mississippi history and the 2 Mississippi Museums project.