FROM MDAH NEWS RELEASES — In observance of the fiftieth anniversary of his death, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will commemorate the life of civil rights leader Medgar Evers with exhibits and programs. 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 11, 1963.
On May 1, a History Is Lunch lecture by Myrlie Evers-Williams, former director of the NAACP and Medgar Evers’s widow, will open the exhibit “This is Home”: Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement. Drawing on photographs, artifacts, documents, and newsfilm footage from the MDAH collection, the exhibit will cover Evers’s early life and family, his career with the NAACP, and his death. The exhibit will run through October at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson, then travel the state.