Thursday, June 12, 2008

Medgar Evers 1925-1963

Medgar Evers was shot on this day (actually later this evening) 45 years ago.
Medgar Wiley Evers was born at Decauter, Mississippi, on July 2, 1925.
He served in the United States Army during World War II, but was best know as a prominent civil rights leader in his home state.
He was shot and killed outside his home at Jackson, Mississippi, on the evening of June 12, 1963 and was buried in Section 36 of Arlington National Cemetery one week later.
His story is portrayed in the motion picture, "The Ghosts of Mississippi."
Evers joined the Army in 1943 and served at Normandy. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Sgt. in 1945. Then he went on to fight another war in the south until his death in 1963.

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