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Medgar Evers

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Title:Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers was born on July 2, 1925 in Decatur Mississippi. He became the State Field Secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. On June 12, 1963, Evers was slain in the driveway of his home, by a sniper's bullet. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. with full Military Honors, having been a veteran of World War II. A fingerprint found on the telescopic gunsight near the murder scene was traced to Bryon De La Beckwith, a white segregationist, from Greenwood, Mississippi. He was charged with the murder. Two mistrials were declared when the all white juries could not break the deadlock. Mr. Evers was also the subject in two Civil Rights file, wherein, he took part in demonstrations in Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Subjects:Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963 | Beckwith, Byron de la | African American men--Mississippi--Jackson | African American men--Death | African American men--Violence against--Mississippi--Jackson | African American civil rights workers--Mississippi | Men--Violence against--Mississippi--Jackson | Shooting (Execution)--Mississippi--Jackson | Rifles--Mississippi--Jackson | Gunshot wounds--Mississippi--Jackson | Assassination--Mississippi--Jackson | Assassination--Investigation--Mississippi--Jackson | Homicide--Mississippi--Jackson | Murder--Investigation--Mississippi--Jackson | Criminal investigation--Mississippi--Jackson | Violent deaths--Mississippi--Jackson | Political violence--Mississippi | Governmental investigations--Mississippi | Civil rights--Mississippi | African Americans--Civil rights--Mississippi | Civil rights demonstrations--Mississippi | Intervention (Federal government)--Mississippi | Violence--Mississippi | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Va.) | Military ceremonies, honors, and salutes--United States | Murderers--Mississippi | Segregationists--Mississippi | Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963--Assassination | Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963--Death and burial | United States, Mississippi, 32.354668, -89.398528
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