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Where the Jackson Planetarium renovation stands

Jackson leaders say fundraising for the Russel C. Davis Planetarium renovation is running slightly ahead of schedule in spite of the pandemic.

a view of a city at night: Planetarium plan

Planetarium plan

The planetarium closed its doors more than two years ago. During an exclusive tour shortly after, the dated exhibits and water damage caused by a leaking roof were evident.

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“Kids would get off the elevator and ‘Oooh and ahh,’ and that’s always kind of bolstered my plans to get this place to where we want it to be,” said Planetarium Manager Mike Williams.

Williams is concentrating now on work happening outside. Along with Deputy Cultural Services Director David Lewis, he is raising money to remodel the 40-year-old attraction.

“We received a wonderful amount from the Hinds County delegation, from the state of Mississippi, and we’ve been applying for grants, and we’re also talking to businesses about sponsorship, as

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