Espy Donates $25K for Two Museums Field Trips

Mike Espy, former Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture and a former United States Representative from the 2nd District of Mississippi, has donated $25,000 to the William and Elise Winter Education Endowment.

Mike Espy is a longtime member of the Foundation for Mississippi History board and has been a strong public advocate for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum from the beginning. He currently works as an attorney, counselor, and agricultural advisor through his own law and consulting firms Mike Espy, PLLC, and AE Agritrade, Inc. He was also a candidate for United States Senate in 2018 and 2020 from the state of Mississippi.

The endowment is named in honor of former Governor William Winter and First Lady Elise Winter and was created to underwrite field trips to the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum for Mississippi students.

“The Winters’s commitment to public education and to bringing Mississippi’s school children to the Two Mississippi Museums—or as he called them, “Mississippi’s largest classroom—is an inspiration to all,” said Katie Blount. “We are grateful to Secretary Espy for his generous support of this initiative.”

The funds from the William and Elise Winter Education Endowment will be used to defray costs such as admission, travel, and on-site lunches for students. To reserve or learn more about field trips at the Two Mississippi Museums, contact Stephanie King, field trips coordinator, at

Two Mississippi Museums hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The museums are open free of charge on Sundays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and are located at 222 North Street in Jackson.