Museums to host Mississippi Freedom Seder on April 16

The Museum of Mississippi History, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life will host the Mississippi Freedom Seder  April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums.

Open to all, this participatory program will feature the rituals, readings, songs, and ceremonial food of the Passover tradition. A dinner will follow.

“We are honored to host this year’s Mississippi Freedom Seder at the Two Mississippi Museums,” said Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. “What better way to commemorate the original 1969 Freedom Seder that brought diverse groups of people together than to invite all Mississippians to join us at the museums where we tell the many stories of our state.”

At the first Freedom Seder, held April 4, 1969, more than 800 people gathered in a church in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the first anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

“We are pleased to co-host this commemoration of the Freedom Seder, and in doing so, we remember Rabbi Perry Nussbaum, spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation here in Jackson,” said Michele Schipper, chief executive officer of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. “His courage and commitment as an outspoken advocate of civil rights in the 1960s is an important part of our history.”

 The traditional Passover meal, called a Seder, combines rituals, readings, songs, and food. Seders are a communal celebration of freedom from bondage and oppression.

Tickets are $30 each and include dinner. For more information call 601-576-6997.



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