January 3, 2007 |
This mid-sized Southern city, with its thriving Baptist, Methodist and Catholic churches, may seem an unlikely home for one of the only museums in the United States devoted entirely to Muslim culture. Still, the International Museum of Muslim Cultures opened in April 2001, an attempt by organizers to educate their churchgoing neighbors about a faith that many viewed as mysterious, possibly violent.
December 14, 2003 |
One day this fall, flags at offices and businesses throughout Mississippi's capital were solemnly lowered as a sign of mourning and respect. Thalia Mara, 92, had died after a month in declining health. The city gave its leading devotee of dance a close approximation of a state funeral. For an afternoon, Mara's shiny, closed wooden casket was put on view in the performing arts hall that bears her name, flanked by honor guards from the city's police and fire departments.