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First Choice“This Is Home” looks at the life and death of one of Mississippi’s most prominent Civil Rights activists of the 1950s and 1960s, Medgar Wiley Evers. Born in Decatur, Evers experienced firsthand the injustices of the times not only in his hometown, but also as a serviceman in World War II, a student at Alcorn A&M College, and an insurance salesman who traveled throughout the Delta. The latter exposed him to the crushing poverty of black sharecroppers, many of whom he recruited for the NAACP.

In late 1954, Evers was hired by the NAACP to serve as the field secretary for Mississippi. He crisscrossed the state, logging thousands of miles as he investigated cases of racial violence and intimidation, organized local NAACP branch offices, and registered voters. Evers worked closely with regional and national NAACP offices and other civil rights organizations. His reports to the national office, speaking tours, and media interviews helped focus national attention upon the intense social and political issues plaguing the state, raising the profile of Mississippi’s Civil Rights Movement.

Evers continued to work for the NAACP until June 12, 1963, when he was assassinated in the driveway of his Jackson home. He had known his life was at risk, but even at the end, facing entrenched opposition and grave danger, Evers never relented in his fight for justice, a legacy that has lived on today.

“This Is Home” consists of seventeen photo panels. A complimentary exhibit, “The Assassination of Medgar Evers” consists of nine additional panels and is available in conjunction with “This Is Home.” Both are presented by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and funded by the Foundation for Mississippi History. Images are courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History unless noted otherwise. Images from the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Collection are used by special permission of Myrlie Evers and Reena Evers-Everette.

 

“This Is Home” Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement Exhibit Specifications

Seventeen (17) panels:
24”(h) x 36”(w) x 1.25”(d) for panels # 4, 11, 14
36”(h) x 24” (w) x 1.25”(d) for panels # 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17
24” (h) x 35” (w) x 1.25” (d) for panel # 16
Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire
Two (2) Shipping Crates
Crate Size: 125 lbs. 24” (w) x 39” (l) x 27” (h) and 115 lbs. 22” (w) x 39” (l) x 27” (h)

“The Assassination of Medgar Evers” A Complimentary Exhibit to “This Is Home” Exhibit Specifications

Nine (9) panels:
24”(h) x 27”(w) x 1.25”(d)  for panels # 3, 4, 6
36”(h) x 24” (w) x 1.25”(d)  for panels # 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9
Photo panels include metal frames and hanging wire
One (1) Shipping Crate
Crate Size: 135 lbs. 26” (w) x 26” (l) x 38” (h)

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Outreach Programs Coordinator
Museum Division, MDAH
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571
Phone: 601-576-6997
outreachprograms@mdah.state.ms.us