The placement of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (MCRM) aims to maintain the rhythm created by existing public buildings along the historic thoroughfare that the Museum is located on. The MCRM shares a common entry plaza and vestibule with the Museum of Mississippi History (designed by others). The MCRM’s ground floor houses its permanent exhibit and other support functions. The second floor houses museum offices, temporary exhibit galleries, and shared spaces. A major objective of the design is to seamlessly integrate the architecture of the building with the permanent exhibit within it. The west elevation, which faces the entry plaza, reflects the idea that conflicting lines of tension can perhaps lead to reconciliation and enlightenment.
LOCATION: Jackson, Mississippi. SIZE: 73,943 s.f. COST: $18,325,910. SCHEDULE: Opening - February 2017. CLIENT: Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH), Bureau of Building (BoB), Mississippi Civil Rights Commission
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES: Design services - including programming, site design, and building concept design.
DESIGN FIRM-OF-RECORD: The Freelon Group