JACKSON, Miss. (CBSMiami/AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute to Mississippi’s role in the civil rights movement Saturday at the opening of two new museums in Jackson, the state’s capital.READ MORE: 3 Children Injured In NW Miami-Dade Crash
Some black leaders — including civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis — boycotted the event, saying Trump has sown racial division instead of racial harmony. About 50 protesters joined them.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Residents Gather To Protest Closure Of Matheson Hammock Park's West Entrance
In his remarks to assembled guests, Trump said: “The civil rights museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to bring down Jim Crow and end segregation, to gain the right to vote and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality.”MORE NEWS: RNC Donors Gather To Hear Trump, Others In Palm Beach, The GOP's 'New Political Power Center'
Trump left before the public opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the adjacent Museum of Mississippi History.