Free entry in honor of Medgar Evers


The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Mississippi Museum of History will celebrate the birthday of civil rights icon Medgar Evers by offering free admission on Friday.

In a press release, museum officials said free admission to the museums, 222 North St., will also include access to its special exhibit, “I AM A MAN: Photographs of Civil Rights in the Southern Hemisphere. United States, 1960-1070 “.

The exhibit features photographs of the civil rights movement across the South, including James Meredith’s integration into the University of Mississippi in 1962 and the campaign for the poor in 1968.

Medgar Evers, the first NAACP Field Secretary for Mississippi, stands near a Mississippi state sign in this 1958 photo. He was assassinated in the driveway of his home in Jackson in 1963, and his death helped inspire change both in Mississippi and in the nation.

“Medgar Evers was an American hero, whose strength and tenacity are unmatched,” said Pamela DC Junior, director of the two Mississippi museums. “In honor of his birthday, July 2, 1925, the two Mississippi museums will offer free admission to our visitors to read and learn more about this great man who wanted freedom for all.”

“A sacred tradition”:The family, the community remember the legacy of Medgar and Charles Evers

Evers was the first field secretary for the Mississippi NAACP. He moved to Jackson with his wife, Myrlie, in 1954.

Evers was murdered outside his home in 1963, and his murder sparked protests, songs, movies, and artwork, and inspired people to get involved in the civil rights movement.

Visitors to the museum will be required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Masks will be available in museums for visitors who need them.

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