America's Best History Spotlight

On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area. And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find. You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't. It'll be fun. Visit them.

Evers Home National Monument

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, Mississippi

Medgar and Myrlie Evers were Civil Rights activists from the early 1950's, colleagues with Dr. Martin Luther King and others. However, it was not until tragedy hit on June 12, 1963, that their names would be synonymous, if not less known, then there more famous colleagues who would eventually recieve the same fate. That was the day the first black Civil Rights Activist was murdered, Medgar Evers, in the carport/driveway of his home by a white supremacist, Byron De La Beckwith. That will be the last time his name will be mentioned. Through the next decade, more would be killed by the Klu Klux Klan and their allies. The recognition of these acts has now led to the establishment of National Monuments that tell that story. This one, the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument was established by President Donald Trump on December 10, 2020 and through the John Dingall Act of March 12, 2019. The house was bought from Tougaloo College. It is now open to visit three days a week.

Photo above: Photo of front of Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, National Park Service.

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Info, What's There Now, History Nearby

Wedding Photo of Medgar and Myrlie Evers

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, Mississippi

Medgar Evers was a product of the segregated south, educated at Alcorn A&M College, now Alcorn State University, and served, again in the segregated United States Army from 1943 through World War II until his discharge at the rank of seargant in 1945. His involvement in the Civil Rights movement began with his part in the organization of NAACP chapters in the state, rising to the level of the first field secretary of the NAACP in Mississippi. At that time, his name had risen in both positive and negative circles. The White Supremacist movement now knew of his efforts to disegregate the University of Mississippi after the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Education decision in 1954. His effort would take until 1962 when James Meredith became the first black student at the university. That effort, as well as his involvement in the investigation into the death of Emmitt Till heightened the anti-segregationalists to up their ire toward Evers. A Molotov cocktail was thrown into his carport on May 28, 1963; Evers was attempted to be run over by a car leaving the NAACP office on June 7, 1963. He was murdered five days later on the day President John F. Kennedy gave his Civil Rights Address. Myrlie Evers would be the first to find him.

Image above: Wedding Photo of Medgar and Myrlie Evers. Courtesy National Park Service. Below: Demonstration in Washington, D.C. over Civil Rights and the murder of Medgar Evers in the driveway of his home, 1963, Warren K. Leffler. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Demonstration on Civil Rights and Murder of Medgar Evers

Where Is It

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument is located at 2332 Margaret W Alexander Drive, Jackson, Mississippi, 39213. There are two locations right near each other, including the home where Medgar was murdered and Myrlie's garden across Missouri Street a small walk down the street. The historic district includes those two locations as well as the entire block and a bit beyond. Check your favorite GPS program for the best way to get there.

What is There Now

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home NM

The home where Medgar and Myrlie lived until the tragic murder of Medgar in the carport of their home as well as her garden down the street now pleasantly adorned with picnic areas and a garden close to that which she tended. There are tours of the home. It is small, only ten people per tour, so best to call ahead for a reservation or at least to gage the demand. Since this is a new park, a full plan has yet to be developed. There are currently no restrooms.

When Open and How Much

No fee. The site is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10-12 and 2-4 pm. There is limited parking on the street, which is still an active neighborhood. More parking is located near Myrlie's Garden.

Fees and hours are subject to change.

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument

History Nearby

Jackson, Mississippi and the surrounding area includes many important historic and recreation sites for you to visit. In Jackson, there is the Old Capitol Museum, Eudora Welty House and Garden, the Mississippi State Freedom Trail, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, including an aquarium. For other national park sites a bit further afield, you have Vicksburg Battlefield, Shiloh, Gulf Islands National Seashore, and the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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