The president flew in to Jackson, took a tour, spoke briefly, hid from the public, and left. Many celebrating a historic state project said that was just as well

Mississippi faced a complicated task in proving that it could properly interpret its past in the first state-funded civil rights museum in the US.

By all accounts, the state has risen to the occasion. Black and white visitors who were given advance previews of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, including many who were involved in the civil rights movement in the state, uniformly praised its candor and fairness.

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