Mississippi Department of Archives and History

August 7, 2013

Life of Medgar Evers Commemorated

Life of Medgar Evers Commemorated

MDAH is commemorating the life of civil rights leader Medgar Evers with two exhibits. Evers was the Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP from 1954 until his assassination in the driveway of his family's home in Jackson on June 12, 1963.

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$3M Available for Preservation Projects

A popular grant program for preservation projects across the state has been reauthorized. The 2012 Mississippi legislature provided for $3 million for competitive grants in the ninth round of the Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program, which helps preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and interpret historic courthouses and schools. In Certified Local Government communities grant funds may also be used for projects involving historic buildings other than courthouses or schools. Only properties that have been designated Mississippi Landmarks are eligible for the grants.

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Author to Speak at Next Brown Bag

At noon on Wednesday, August 21, as part of the History Is Lunch series at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, author Steve Yates reads from his new book Some Kinds of Love: Stories. For more information call 601-576-6998.

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New Driving Trail To Link State's Mounds

Work has begun on the new 350-mile Mississippi Mounds Trail, a project to help interpret and preserve the prehistoric earthworks, educate the public about Mississippi's rich Native American history, and promote heritage tourism. Reaching from Desoto County to Wilkinson County and following the Highway 61 corridor, the trail will highlight thirty or more earthworks built by prehistoric American Indian groups.

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