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New Exhibition Honors Medgar Evers

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 02 May 2013 10:08am | comments

Civil Rights icon Myrlie Evers Williams is reflecting on the life and accomplishments of her husband Medgar who was gunned down in the driveway of their Jackson home 50 years ago.   An exhibition honoring the contributions of the slain civil rights activist is now in the capital city.  

 The exhibition is called "This is Home"  Medgar Evers, Mississippi and the movement. It features hundreds of photos, writings and other memorabilia of the man whose life was cut short by an assassins bullet  in June of 1963.  After touring the exhibit, his wife Myrlie-Evers Williams says what moved her most was seeing the rifle that was used to assassinate her husband.

"Just the ability to recognize a weapon of destruction, certainly as America debates back and forth about gun laws, flashbacks of Medgar being blown apart, but I'm thinking of the young children in the schools, just the violence in the world, I detest guns," says Evers Williams. 

Mable Pittman lived next door to the Evers. She says she clearly remembers hearing  the shot that killed Medgar, the state's first full time NAACP field representative.

"We heard Myrlie scream and the children scream and they pulled a mattress off of one one of the kids' bunk beds and put it in the back of a neighbor's station wagon, and I think he died on the way to the hospital," says Pittman.

Evers was shot in the back with a bullet fired from an Enfield 1917 rifle.  Reports indicate the bullet ricocheted into his home and that Evers staggered 30 feet before collapsing. Again Evers-Williams.

"That weapon that is in that case represents hatred but it also represents hope because although it was used as a weapon to eliminate Medgar, it raised up a band of people in this country, throughout Mississippi, and the world who recognize the need for human beings to be treated as humans regardless of race, creed or color," continues Evers Williams.


The Medgar Evers exhibit runs through October at the William Winter Archives and History Building in downtown Jackson. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News. 




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