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Miami Valley company helps create Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Miami Valley company helps create Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

In a written statement, civil rights leader Lewis and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who is also boycotting the opening, said the president's appearance at the upcoming event will be "an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum".

Lewis, a veteran of the '60s civil rights campaign, was scheduled as a featured speaker for the event.

Its displays include a charred cross burned by the Ku Klux Klan, the places and dates of MS lynchings, and the rifle used to murder the civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

The duo said that the civil rights struggles represented in the new museum "exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi" but President Trump's "disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts" of Mississippi's greatest civil rights champions.

The Latest on John Lewis skipping civil rights museum opening due to Donald Trump's attendance (all times local): 4:30 p.m.

The announcement on Monday that Mr. Trump planned to attend the opening of the museum quickly drew controversy. Mr Trump plans to participate in the opening as part of his tour through the American South, White House officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Workmen construct a lighted panel near the stage before the state’s two newest museums the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Thursday Dec. 7 2017 in Jackson Miss. The stage will play host to a day of musical acts

Jerry Spangler, Vice President of Special Environments at the company said, "This is another project, a very special project to us, that we can hang our hat on and be very proud of".

The national NAACP also disapproved of the invitation. "It kind of feels like that's the card the governor has deal at this time", he said. "He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation".

Mr. Trump lashed out at the congressman the next day on Twitter, saying his congressional district, which includes three-quarters of Atlanta, was "in disgusting shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested.)" He also said the civil rights icon was "all talk, talk, talk - no action or results".

Both the Mississippi Democratic Party and the NAACP chapter in Mississippi said they had not been informed that Trump had been invited by Bryant until it was published in news reports. "I don't know anyone who thinks this is a smart move". She marvelled at the existence of the civil rights museum in a State that will not abandon the banner.

Lewis, a civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat, was arrested in Jackson in 1961 with Freedom Riders who were protesting segregated bus travel.

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