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Democrats tell Trump not to come to Civil Rights Museum opening

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

CNN reports that President Trump is coming to Jackson for the opening of the Civil Rights Museum Saturday.

READ MORE: President Trump to appear in Jackson for opening of Civil Rights Museum

For some, like civil rights activist James Charles Evers, Medgar Evers' brother, the news is extremely exciting.

"For him to do that, I'm just overwhelmed," said Evers. "And I'm proud to know he's that kind of president."

Others question the president's motives.

Hezekiah Watkins was put on death row at age 13 for going into the "Whites Only" section of a bus station.

He says this Civil Rights Museum is a big deal.

READ MORE: 3 On The Road: Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

"He's not trying to reach out, he's, um - he likes media coverage. And don't be surprised if he's gonna come and say something foolish. Because that's his nature," said Freedom Rider Hezekiah Watkins.

Congressman Bennie Thompson said in a statement Monday he is, "hopeful {Trump} will begin to understand the pain he is causing in the black and under-served communities across America."

"I'm honored - I'm flattered that he's coming," said Watkins. "Regardless of what his background is, he's the president. And by being the president, that means something."

Watkins says he wouldn't miss the opening for the world.

Evers will be there as well.

"I really hadn't planned, but if he's coming, I will go. I don't go out much, I'm 95 years old, I don't get out much. But I will go if he's coming," said Evers.

The Mississippi Association of County Democratic Chairs and Hinds County Democratic Party say they want President Trump's visit cancelled.

Chairperson Jacqueline R. Amos issued the following statement:

“ Yesterday, we learned with great dismay that the President will participate in the opening ceremonies of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this Saturday. As the direct political heirs to the Freedom Democratic Party and in the spirit of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, we call upon all the authorities involved to cancel any appearance and remarks by President Donald Trump immediately. Any reasonable person knows that the presence of such a hugely divisive and polarizing figure will pervert and diminish what could otherwise be a healing and teaching moment for our state. Mr. Trump attained to the highest office in the land by appeals and tactics that do great and lasting violence to our civil rights heritage. His campaign appealed to the very worst demons of the American soul. He is a disgraceful president, a malicious influence, and an abominable human being. He has no place at a celebration of the very values and aspirations his presidency is clearly committed to destroy."

Governor Phil Bryant said he'd invited the president months ago to Mississippi's Bicentennial Celebration.

RELATED: Mississippians' creativity on display through bicentennial celebrations

Around 2:00 on Monday, neither he nor the museum itself had gotten confirmation that Trump was actually coming.

The museum opens Saturday, December 9.

There's no word yet on what time the President will be stopping by.

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