Hilferty is beyond proud of the visitation numbers of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, which they lead the design for. The MCRM shares a central location with the Mississippi History Museum. When these two museums opened on Dec. 9, tourism officials projected 180,000 visitors in the first year, with an annual economic impact of $17 million. Museum officials are almost halfway there with more than 80,000 visitors since the opening.
Attendance at the two museums has been boosted by the 10,000 who visited opening weekend and the 16,000 who attended for free on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, thanks to support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
"Hopefully visitation will continue apace," said Katie Blount, director of the state Department of Archives and History.