W Broad St
A Mississippi History Marker in Decatur, Mississippi
Photo taken by Jeff Lovorn
+32.43894, -89.1082832°26'20" N, 89°06'30" W
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 assasinated outside his home in Jackson. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery.
- December 27, 2011: Added by Jeff Lovorn
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