Nissan Makes Donation Toward Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Nissan yesterday announced a donation of $500,000 to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which will go toward construction of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The grand opening for the museums is planned for December of 2017, to commemorate Mississippi’s bicentennial.
Nissan’s contributions specifically will be used to construct a dining and gathering space for both museums. The museums are expected to draw in 180,000 visitors a year, which, according to the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division, will make for a projected annual tourism impact of a whopping $17.1 million.
Nissan was the very first automaker to invest in Mississippi, when it opened its Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant back in 2003. The plant now employs more than 6,000 workers, but Nissan’s impact has been even greater on the economy, as dozens of suppliers followed the automaker to the state in order to support the plant’s needs, creating thousands more jobs.
“This project seeks to tell the full story of Mississippi’s past while also magnifying hopes for the future,” said Jeffrey Webster, the director of Diversity and Inclusion for Nissan North America. “This contribution continues Nissan’s commitment to diversity, education and service in our community.”
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