The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is offering aid to offset the cost of field trips to the state’s twin history museums in Jackson.

The department says it has $25,000 to help students who attend most public schools to visit the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and is seeking to raise more.

Students in the Biloxi, Jackson and Sunflower County districts are admitted free thanks to an endowment established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The department says bus company Cline Tours is providing free transportation to students in districts within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of one of Cline’s six hubs in Ridgeland, Oxford, Starkville, Hattiesburg, McComb and Memphis, Tennessee.

Department director Katie Blount says the goal is for every Mississippi student to visit the museums. (AP)

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