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Jackson in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Medgar Evers Home

 

—Mississippi Freedom Trail —

 
Medgar Evers Home Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2018
1. Medgar Evers Home Marker (Front)
Inscription.
Front
Medgar and Myrlie Evers moved into this home with their children - Darrell and Reena - in 1955 after Medgar became Mississippi's first NAACP Field Secretary. Son Van was born in 1960. Evers was an outspoken activist for voter registration and social justice. Just after midnight, on June 12, 1963, he was assassinated in the driveway as he returned from a meeting. After his death, the family moved to California and deeded the home to Tougaloo College as an historic house museum.

Rear
Medgar Evers Home
This three-bedroom home was in the first middle-class subdivision built by black developers in Jackson. Medgar Wiley Evers, a U.S. Army veteran, used a Veterans Administration loan to purchase the home. Some feared that his presence might endanger the neighborhood because his work for the NAACP was well known. Intimidation, employment reprisals, and violence were real threats to those who dared to challenge the customs and laws of segregation.

The family quickly
Medgar Evers Home Marker (rear) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2018
2. Medgar Evers Home Marker (rear)
settled into the neighborhood and made friends. Moving from an apartment, they were pleased to have room for the growing family. Medgar Evers' wife, Myrlie, had stopped working full-time after Reena was born but continued to help her husband in his office. At the Evers home the telephone was a frequent interruption; in addition, Medgar sometimes brought colleagues home for meals and meetings. As the family watched television together, he explained news accounts about civil rights activities to the children.

Speaking at mass meetings, documenting acts of brutality, working with the NAACP legal defense team, encouraging voter registration, and coordinating protests required Evers to be away a great deal. But his work paid off, and legal racial barriers began to fall—most notably James Meredith's admission to the University of Mississippi in 1962.

With success in these efforts, however, came increased tension and apprehension. The children were taught precautions, such as dropping to the floor and crawling to safety in the bathtub when they heard loud noises.
Photos from rear of marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2018
3. Photos from rear of marker.
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They avoided sitting in the living room near the large window. One evening a firebomb exploded in the carport, and Myrlie rushed outside to put out the flames with the garden hose. The police dismissed the incident as a prank. A few weeks later, Medgar Evers was murdered in the driveway, shot with a high-powered rifle by an assassin hiding across the street.

Earlier that evening, Myrlie and the children had watched President John F. Kennedy deliver a televised speech announcing his introduction of a civil rights bill. It would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson after Kennedy's assassination.

Evers was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Byron De La Beckwith was charged with the murder; after two hung juries in 1964, he was finally convicted in 1994 of Evers' murder.
 
Erected 2011 by the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Freedom Trail marker
Medgar Evers Home image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2018
4. Medgar Evers Home
series.
 
Location. 32° 20.452′ N, 90° 12.755′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is on Margaret W Alexander Drive east of Missouri Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2332 Margaret W Alexander Drive, Jackson MS 39213, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cassandra Wilson (approx. half a mile away); C.M. and I. College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Malaco Records (approx. 1.2 miles away); Queen of Hearts (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kate McWillie Powers Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Millsaps College (approx. 2.3 miles away); MFWC Headquarters (approx. 2.4 miles away); Fairview Inn (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
More about this marker. The former home is now a historic house museum.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Medgar Evers House.
Photos and marker, in carport, of the assassination area. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2018
5. Photos and marker, in carport, of the assassination area.
(Submitted on March 24, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsNotable Events
 
Plaque on front of house. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2018
6. Plaque on front of house.
Medgar W. Evers image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 11, 2017
7. Medgar W. Evers
Mississippi
TEC 5
QMC
World War II
Jul    2 1925
Jun 12 1963
Headstone in Arlington National Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 93 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 24, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   7. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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