Nissan gives $500,000 to Mississippi history museums

nissan-logoCANTON, Miss. (AP) – Nissan Motor Co. is donating $500,000 to help fund exhibits and a dining area at two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson.

The Japanese automaker made the announcement Monday at its Canton plant, along with former Mississippi governors, William Winter and Ronnie Musgrove.

The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum have met their goal of $12 million in private donations for exhibits. They’re also seeking to raise $4 million to endow operations. State government has promised $74 million, mostly borrowed, to pay for construction and exhibits. That’s less than the $87 million sought by the Department of Archives and History.

The museums will share one structure. Construction started in December 2013, and opening is scheduled in December 2017, as part of Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration.