Medgar Evers papers given to state of Mississippi
April 25, 2002
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Speeches and letters of slain civil right leader Medgar Evers were presented today to state historians in a ceremony at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.
The presentation was made by Evers widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams. Evers-Williams will also speak later this week to the Conference of Black Mayors meeting in Jackson.
Evers-Williams gave 55 boxes to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
It was very difficult for me to let the papers go, Evers-Williams told the audience of about 200 at the ceremony. I could pick them up and see a little bit of Medgar.
She said she was donating the papers to Mississippi because she wants scholars professional and amateur to make the connection between the civil rights movement and the kind of race relations Mississippi has realized since then.
This is where they belong, Ever-Williams said.
Former Gov. William Winter, a longtime member of the Archives and History Board of Trustees, opened the ceremony and told Evers-Williams: Welcome home, Myrlie.
Winter said Medgar Evers gave his life in his quest to free us all black and white folks alike from the bondage of racial segregation and discrimination. He was a true hero.
Evers, field secretary for the Mississippi NAACP, was shot from ambush at his home in Jackson in 1963.
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