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.

The exhibit “This Is Home”: Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement draws on photographs, artifacts, documents, and news film footage from the MDAH collection, the exhibit covers Evers’s early life and family, his career with the NAACP, and his death. The exhibit runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October at the William F. WEVERSinter Archives and History Building in Jackson. It will then travel the state.

The impact of Evers’s killing was immediate and widespread, influencing the work of writers, poets, musicians, and other artists. At the Eudora Welty House the exhibit The Murder of Medgar Evers and “Where Is the Voice Coming From?” examines how that event impelled Eudora Welty to write one of the most gripping and political stories of her career, as well as the repercussions Welty faced after her story was published in The New Yorker. The free exhibit runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 15 at the Eudora Welty Education and Visitor Center.

 

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