MERIDIAN, Miss. — Meridian’s Jimmy Rodgers museum plans a move to downtown Meridian.

WTOK-TV reports the City Council this week unanimously voted to lease a building at Union Station for the museum. The plan is to combine the Jimmie Rodgers museum with the Meridian Railroad Museum, which is already there.

Citizens National Bank CEO Archie McDonnell says it’s a perfect match to combine exhibits about Rodgers — a country music pioneer and former railroad employee known as the singing brakeman — with train exhibits. The move took the railroad museum’s volunteer leaders by surprise. They say their museum isn’t closed and they want to meet with officials to discuss its future.

Officials say they’d like to complete the merger by April, when the nearby Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience is set to open.

Information from: WTOK-TV,

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