Forging Ahead: Civil Rights, Diversification, and Innovation


Mississippi was thrust into the national spotlight as the struggle for equal rights raged in courtrooms, schools, and businesses across the state. How did Mississippians move forward? Technology, industry, and immigration continued to change the social landscape of the state, and a diverse array of activists, artisans, entrepreneurs, politicians, and everyday citizens contributed to Mississippi’s story.

  • See the crown Mary Ann Mobley wore when she won the Miss America pageant in 1958.
  • Survey the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.
  • View a house outfitted with the technological marvels of the 1980s, including air conditioning and a television.