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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Director Pamela Junior talks about the new museum’s central exhibition before presenting a question which may provoke introspection in visitors.
Sarah Warnock

Just blocks away from where he was arrested more than a half-century ago, Rep. John Lewis stood before a room of state and national leaders gathered Saturday at the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The 78-year-old activist reflected on the courageous, determined work of the Mississippi Freedom Riders, who joined forces to fight segregation and empower African-Americans to vote in the 1960s.

Lewis, a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, said he was on the second…