Berea College Alumnus John Fleming Plays Major Role in Opening Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

John FlemingShowcasing the significance of history is nothing new to John Fleming.

Dr. Fleming  ’66, is known throughout the country for his scholarship, particularly in the African-American experience. As a historian, author, academician and museum expert, Fleming has increased inclusion of African American stories and culture into museum presentations and education, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and most recently the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The newly-opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, in Jackson, is designed to tell the full history of the era from 1945 to 1976.

“I think it helps to tell a fuller American story,” Fleming stated in a recent article about the Museum. “For so long, museums and history textbooks have either excluded African-American history or dealt with them only during the period of slavery, some relating to reconstruction and maybe some relating to the Civil Rights Movement.”

The museum’s 16,000 square feet feature multiple exhibits that highlight the consequences African Americans and their supporters faced for speaking out.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.