|Medgar's wife, Myrlie kissing him goodbye at Medgar's funeral|
Medgar was born in July 2, 1925 in Decatur, Mississippi. He enrolled in Alcorn State University in 1948 and married fellow student Myrlie Beasley in 1951. His increasing roll in fair treatment in the black community made him a target of death threats and violence.He was an active member of the RCNL (Regional Council of Negro Leadership) Medgar helped to organize boycotts against gas stations that wouldn't allow blacks to use their restrooms.
The night Medgar was shot a gun was found at the scene which was traced back to a man named Byron De La Beckwith, a man with known ties to the Ku Klux Clan and White supremacist organizations. Beckwith evaded justice twice when both court trails resulted in a hung jury. In 1994 Medgar's widow, Myrlie, helped to reopen the 30 year case and retry Beckwith. Bobby B. DeLaughter was the prosecutor and later wrote a book about the case entitled Never Too Late: A Prosecutor's Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Case.
|Byron De La Beckwith|
Medgar's body was exhumed by Dr. Michael Baden. Dr. Baden commented in his book Dead Reckoning and on his series Autopsy that Medgar's body was in remarkable condition. So good in fact, that Dr. Baden called Medgar's son to come view the body. Medgar's son was just a little boy when his father was murdered and barely remembered him. Dr. Baden set up the autopsy room like a funeral parlor and was able to reunite father and son. It was an incredible touching and powerful moment.
Beckwith was convicted of murder on February 5, 1994. Beckwith appealed several times without success and died in prison on January 21, 2001.
A movie was made about Edgar's Murder entitled Ghosts of Mississippi directed by Rob Reiner. An excellent movie starring Whoopie Goldburg, as Myrlie Evers and Alec Baldwin as Bobby DeLaughter.
For More Information:
Medgar Evers - Wikipedia
NAACP History - Medgar Evers
Find A Grave- Medgar Evers
Life Magazine - Behind The Picture: Medgar Evers Funeral