In this Nov. 10, 2017 image, a monolith listing the names, dates and rationale for the lynching of African-American residents rests in the foreground of a photograph of a burning Ku Klux Klan cross on display in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss. The monolith is one of several that line this gallery with the documented lynchings. Room has been left for updating as needed. This facility is adjacent to the newly built Museum of Mississippi History, that documents the state’s rich history and the diversity of its people. Work crews and archivists are putting the final touches on the two museums set to open Dec. 9. (Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to visit Mississippi for the state’s bicentennial and to help open two museums, including one dedicated to civil rights.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump will help open the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday.

Activists are threatening to boycott or protest Trump’s participation. Sanders says that would be “very sad.”

Trump has been criticized for racially charged tweets and comments, including blaming “both sides” for violence at a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump has also been critical of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence and racism.

Trump visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington this year.

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