Civil Rights

When Emmett Till was murdered in 1955, the people of Mississippi found themselves at the forefront of one of the most pivotal periods of American history. This tragic event is widely considered the igniting spark of the modern Civil Rights movement. While the death of Emmett Till made national headlines, it was not the only event to set the scene for this great struggle. Only months before Till’s death, Reverend George Lee of Belzoni was assassinated after registering to vote. Other events in Mississippi, from the murder of Medgar Evers in 1963 to the killing of the three Civil Rights workers in Neshoba County the following year, rallied those involved with the Civil Rights movement and brought more people to the cause. Half a century later, Mississippi is the embodiment of changing times. Today, Mississippi has more elected African-American officials than any other state in the country, as the civil rights movement continues as a strong element of political, social and daily life.

The new, interactive Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson explores the true stories of the Civil Rights movement, and shows how those events shaped a state and changed the world. Once you visit the museum, venture to some of the 25 sites on the Mississippi Freedom Trail to experience history at the source.

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument

Jackson, MS

The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, also known as Medgar Evers House, is a historic house museum at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive in Jackson, Mississippi. Built in 1956, it was the home of African-American civil rights activist […]

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Jackson Street Missionary Baptist Church

Vicksburg, MS

Gothic Revival-style church through to be the largest church built and owned by African-Americans in Mississippi. Drive-up tours only […]

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Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

Jackson, MS

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center is a comprehensive depository of artifacts portraying African-American Misissippians’ experience in the fields of history, art, music and literature. The museum was originally Smith Robertson Elementary School, the first public school for African-American children […]

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Mississippi Freedom Trail – Biloxi Beach

Biloxi, MS

The Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Freedom Trail marker is located at the foot of the Biloxi Lighthouse and marks the 1960 Biloxi Wade In. Dr. Gilbert R Mason lead more than 100 South Mississippians in a peaceful wade-in on segregated Biloxi […]

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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Jackson, MS

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippimovement that changed the nation. Through eight interactive exhibits the museum promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and sacrifices […]

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Baptist Industrial College Marker

Hernando, MS

Founded in 1900 by the North Mississippi Baptist Educational Convention, the college was the first school in DeSoto County to offer instruction through grade twelve to African Americans and one of the earliest private schools for African Americans in north […]

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