A look inside Medgar Evers home/Museum

Published: Feb. 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - His efforts to bring civil rights to Mississippi are remembered in art, music, and movies.

Medgar Evers was the Field Secretary for the NAACP in this state.

In the early morning hours of June 12, 1963 he was assassinated in the driveway of his Jackson home. That home was given to Tougaloo College and is now a museum dedicated to Evers' life and the history of the civil rights movement.

Minnie White Watson is the curator for the  former home of Medgar Evers and his family. Evers, his wife Myrlie, and 3 children,  moved into this home, which was built by a black developer in 1955.

"People need to know who Medgar Evers was, they need to know the sacrifices that Medgar Evers and his family made to make things better for, not just people in Mississippi, but all people all over the United States", Watson explained.

As you move through the home, it is very close to the way it looked from 1955 through 1963.   Mrs. Evers has said, all the beds were on the floor because of all the times shots were fired into their home.

"The fire bombs being thrown, the molotov cocktails being thrown under his car, well her car because he was away. The house being shot into. This is why beds are on the floor so they would be lower than the windows", said Watson.

The piano is in tribute to Mrs. Evers who was training to be a classical pianist. But for many, the most poignant moment of every tour is seeing the blood of Medgar Evers that is still visible to this day in the driveway.

"A lot of the people were afraid of Medgar and rightfully so.  Just to associate with the man could mean you losing not only your home, but your life", Watson told us.

The house was renovated and the furniture added when Castlerock Entertainment filmed the movie, "Ghosts of Mississippi here in 1996.   This home is now listed on the National Historic Registry.

Byron De La Beckwith stood trial twice in the 1960's for Medgar Evers assassination, but in both cases the all-white juries could not reach a verdict and he went free.

In 1994, he was tried a third time, convicted and sentenced to life in prison.  De La Beckwith died in prison in 2001.

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