Medgar Evers' Home
Location: 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Dr., Jackson, Miss.
Significance: Site of the murder of NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers
On June 12, 1963, just hours after President Kennedy delivered a speech about civil rights, activist and NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was returning home when he was shot in the back by Byron De La Beckwith. Shot near his driveway, Evers collapsed after staggering 30 feet and died at a local hospital less than an hour later. His killer nearly got away with murder after juries consisting solely of white men failed to reach verdicts twice in 1964. Justice caught up with him 30 years later, and he was finally convicted of Evers' murder in February 1994, after new evidence emerged. He died in prison in 2001 at the age of 80. In 1996, the Rob Reiner-directed Ghosts of Mississippi told the story of De La Beckwith's retrial, starring James Woods as De La Beckwith and Whoopi Goldberg as Evers widow, Myrlie. Today, the Evers home is a historic landmark in Jackson with one of the house's rooms serving as a museum.