Haley Barbour

Mississippi history museums on track for December opening

Construction is wrapping up and exhibits are being built in side-by-side museums set to open Dec. 9 to celebrate 200 years of Mississippi statehood.

The Museum of Mississippi History takes a broad look at the place, from prehistoric times until today. The Mississippi Civil Right Museum focuses on developments that changed the state and nation between 1945 and 1976.

The museums have been years in the making.

Civil rights advocates started pushing more than a decade ago for a place to tell the story of struggles for voting rights, integration and equal treatment under the law. In 2011, then-Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, got on board and said Mississippi should build...