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Free admission at 2 Mississippi museums on Evers’ birthday

July 1, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History are offering free admission Friday to celebrate civil rights icon Medgar Evers’ birthday.

Museum officials said in a news release that the free admission at the museums will also include access to its special exhibit, “I AM A MAN: Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960-1070,” The Clarion Ledger reported. The exhibit displays photographs of the civil rights movement across the South, including James Meredith’s integration into the University of Mississippi in 1962 and the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968.

Medgar Evers, the NAACP’s first field secretary for Mississippi, was assassinated in the driveway of his Jackson home in 1963. His death sparked protests and helped to inspire changes in both Mississippi and the nation.

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“Medgar Evers was an American hero, whose strength and tenacity is unequaled,” Pamela D.C. Junior, director of the two Mississippi Museums, said. “In honor of the day that he was born, July 2, 1925, the two Mississippi Museums will offer free admission to our visitors to read and to learn more about this great man who wanted freedom for all.”

Museum visitors will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines.