Haley Barbour’s civil rights push

Facing criticism over charges of racial insensitivity, Haley Barbour announced Thursday that he’ll be calling a special session of the Mississippi legislature to get funding for a civil rights museum.

“The legislature will be returning on Monday to complete the budget,” Barbour said in a statement. “While they are here, I will call a Special Session for the Legislature to consider funding the Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History. These museums will enhance Mississippi’s image and play a critical role in education and tourism.”

Barbour has been pushing for the proposed museum since 2006 with an executive order calling for it to be built. A Barbour source said the building of the museum has been held up over finding the right location.