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Decatur in Newton County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Medgar Evers

 
 
Medgar Evers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jeff Lovorn, December 1, 2011
1. Medgar Evers Marker
Inscription.  Medgar Wiley Evers, born in Decatur July 2, 1925, was a graduate of Newton Vocational High School and Alcorn College. After serving in the military in WWII, he returned to Decatur and, along with his brother, Charles, attempted to register to vote here in 1946, but was turned away. An active participant in the fight to end racial segregation, Medgar Evers was later named as Mississippi's first NAACP Field Secretary. On June 12, 1963, Evers was assassinated outside his home in Jackson. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery.
 
Erected 2004 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1895.
 
Location. 32° 26.33′ N, 89° 6.497′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Mississippi, in Newton County. Marker is on West Broad Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur MS 39327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sherman at Decatur (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beulah Hubbard School (approx. 6.4 miles away); Doolittle C.S.A. Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away); McElroy-Hoye House (approx. 8.7 miles away); Newton County Blues (approx. 8.8 miles away); Grierson's Raid (approx. 8.8 miles away); Confederate Hospital (approx. 8.8 miles away); Boler's Inn (approx. 9.3 miles away).
 
Medgar Evers Marker at Newton County Courthouse in Decatur. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2023
2. Medgar Evers Marker at Newton County Courthouse in Decatur.
Medgar Evers' grave at Arlington National Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, September 2, 2015
3. Medgar Evers' grave at Arlington National Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2011, by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 31, 2011, by Jeff Lovorn of Florence, Mississippi.   2. submitted on October 26, 2023, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on September 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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