Communications Electronic Design

The Art and Science of Audio Video Technologies

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum


The New York Time's arts writer Holland Cotter gave a glowing review of the the Museum. Follow the link to read it.

The centerpiece to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is a forty-five foot tall, interactive light sculpture that has a total of 7500 individually controlled led light modules programmed to follow stimulus from visitor movements detected by four Microsoft Kinect Sensors. Pre-programmed light show modes choreographed to inspirational music play twice an hour. Tim Creed (CED partner/CTS-D) and Mandie Clark (CED-CTS-D) engineered the control, audio and power systems that allowed this ambitious artistic adventure to come to fruition. It took hundreds of hours of research and development to bring to life the fantastic concepts of Hilferty Museum Designs (Athens, Ohio) and Monadnock Media (Hatfield, Mass.). And credit to Transformit Inc. of Portland, Maine for physically manufacturing, assembling, skinning with holographic fabric and hanging the extraordinary piece, no easy task!

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened on December 9, 2017 after nearly eight years in the making. It is connected with Mississippi's newly re-invented History Museum by a large entry lobby. Together the two museums were a monumental 90 million dollar civic undertaking.


When you first walk into the spacious lobby of the two museums you turn right to enter the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (MCRM). The MCRM layout owes lineage to the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, in that there is a large, central, round rotunda (gallery three) with seven orbiting spoke-like galleries emanating outward.


The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is an aesthetic explosion of creative design and technology. It was a labor of love and the work was fueled by a common shared knowledge that the stories that were being told would make a huge and lasting impact on its visitorship. These narratives of strength, courage, tragedy, hate, love and the resilience of the human spirit came to life through the collaborative efforts of CED, Hilferty, Monadnock, ECI, Transformit, Life Formations, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and hundreds of others.


The museum has over thirty Audio/Video exhibits ranging from informational kiosks to a 45 foot interactive light sculpture. There are three mini-theaters that dynamically and uncomfortably present some of the major tragedies of humanity during the movement. A free standing church with video projection mapped on the pulpit wall details the "Freedom Summer" story. As you walk though gallery two, attention grabbing, motion activated, light and audio exhibits catch the viewer off guard shouting hate speech associated with the racism of the time period. Another exhibit is a replica school house  which shows the disparities of the historically divided Mississippi educational system "Separate But Not Equal" through a video production presented on a fractured chalk board.


There is an exhibit named the "Sovereignty Commission" that was a secret Mississippi government agency during the Civil Rights Movement which targeted citizens associated with the movement. These Civil Rights workers were to be retaliated against for their activity. A transparent interactive monitor obscures and then reveals upon touch a back-lit compartment with the actual file cabinet that held the dossiers on the targeted citizens of Mississippi.


CED along side with its strategic media producer Monadnock, integrated and interwove a tapestry of technology throughout the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in a way to engage the viewer and further their understanding of a subject that underlies the fabric of our American Society.



Images from "This Little Light of Mine" sculpture  - under construction, behind the scenes.


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