[IMGCAP(1)]JACKSON, MS-Ground will break Aug. 8 on the long-awaited Mississippi Children’s Museum. First conceived in the 1990s and originally scheduled to go into construction last fall, the $24.5-million project was delayed as backers sought additional funds.

Only a bit more than $18.5 million had been committed to the museum’s capital campaign by the end of June, but museum board member Bill Bynum, CEO of Jackson-based Enterprise Corp. of the Delta and Hope Community Credit Union, says the organization has enough money to start work on the 43,000-sf project at 2140 Riverside Dr. in LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. Completion is planned for early 2010.

“We are still hard at work as we continue to raise the remaining $6 million,” Bynum says. “The vision for the museum began more than 10 years ago and we have made tremendous strides. We will continue that momentum as we break ground next month, begin the construction process and reach our financial goals.” The Junior League of Jackson is spearheading the fund-raising effort.

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