Tougaloo College to Be the Site of New Civil Rights Museum

Tougaloo College in Mississippi has offered nine acres of land adjacent to its campus to serve as the site of the Mississippi National Civil Rights Museum.

The college will offer the museum a 99-year, rent-free lease in return for internship opportunities for Tougaloo students valued at $50,000 annually. Tougaloo College president Beverly Hogan would like to have many students involved in the work of the museum.

The museum is expected to cost $73 million and will be paid for through private donations. The state of Mississippi has appropriated $500,000 to design the museum. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour will appoint a board of directors to administer the project and lead the fundraising effort.