Lance Wheeler

“The New Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Refuses to Sugarcoat History.”

That was the headline of a New York Times article from December about the newly-opened civil rights museum in Jackson.

As the first state-run museum of its kind in the country, the institution is committed to telling the full and true history of civil rights in Mississippi.

That mission is what drew recent UNC Greensboro graduate Lance Wheeler ’17 MA to the museum, where he works as the manager of exhibitions.

“This job allows me to talk to people of color and tell them about the history that they often don’t get in the classroom,” he said. “I fill in the gaps. I enlighten people.”

Visitors to the museum witness the freedom struggle in eight interactive galleries that show the systematic oppression of black Mississippians and their fight for equality. Wheeler answers questions and provides historical context for visitors as they move through the exhibitions.

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Originally published March 29, 2018.

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