Two Mississippi Museums offer free admission in honor of civil rights icon

Today, you can visit the Two Mississippi Museums for free. 

The Mississippi Civil Rights & History Museums are offering free admission in honor of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer, who was born on this date in 1917. 

“We honor Fannie Lou Hamer’s legacy daily at the Two Mississippi Museums,” said Pamela D.C. Junior, director of the Two Mississippi Museums. “We are offering free admission to the museums so people can learn more about this humble woman who gave of herself to uplift and strengthen her people.”

Museum staff will highlight Hamer’s life and legacy through guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Born in 1917 in Montgomery County, Hamer worked for most of her life as a sharecropper. In 1962, she joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and encouraged African Americans to register to vote. Hamer was a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), which challenged the seating of the regular party’s all-white delegation. 

Hamer’s powerful testimony to the credentials committee during the 1964 Democratic National Convention is featured in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The MFDP challenge forced the Democratic Party to eventually embrace diversity and forever changed American politics,” the museum explained. 

While at the museum, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing. A news release states that masks are available if you do not have one.

Regular museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The museums are open free of charge on Sundays, noon–4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets online at tickets.mdah.ms.gov.