JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi breaks ground Thursday on side-by-side museums that are expected to set precedents of their own in how they depict the Southern state once rocked by racial turmoil.
The Mississippi Civil Rights museum promises a frank focus on a difficult era, and the Museum of Mississippi History vows to address the state's story starting long before European settlement. Both are to open in 2017.
Officials say the museums won't sugarcoat history, addressing slavery, the Civil War and civil rights. Even the rifle used to kill civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963 will be displayed.
Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, in an article co-written with U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, backs the museums and their exhibits. She says "Mississippi, in many ways, provides America with a clear look into the mirror."