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1956, Leroy Burnett; 1995 restored, WFT Architects. 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Dr.

Medgar Evers had this ranch house built for his family soon after becoming the Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP. Its modest size belies its nationally significant place in American history. Typical of middle-class American housing in the 1950s, the one-story wood-frame house has brick and wood siding, a low hipped roof, steel casement windows, decorative metal posts, and a carport. The one-street Elray subdivision in which it stands was developed by Winston J. Thompson and built by contractor Leroy Burnett, African American World War II veterans, for Jackson’s growing black middle class. The subdivision adjoined a white subdivision on Missouri Street.

A native of Decatur, Evers worked as an insurance salesman in the Mississippi Delta after graduation from Alcorn State College and witnessed the deep poverty and oppression of many black Mississippians. Moved to political action, he became Mississippi’s first state field secretary for the NAACP in 1955. With the civil rights movement heating up, threats became a daily part of the Evers family’s life. When his house was built, Evers eliminated the standard front entrance as a security measure, leaving the only entrance through the carport door. In the early 1960s the house was shot into twice, and a firebomb was thrown into the carport. On the night of June 11, 1963, after watching a televised speech by President Kennedy about the need for civil rights legislation, Evers returned home and was shot in the back in his carport, the bullet traveling through the front wall and into the kitchen. Evers was taken to University Medical Center but died soon thereafter. A rifle was later found abandoned in a vacant lot on Missouri Street. Here architecture and events shaped history: if the carport had been on the opposite side of the house, Evers would have been less exposed to the vacant lot.

After two hung juries in the 1960s, suspect Byron de la Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens Council, was retried in 1994 and found guilty of murder. Evers’s wife, Myrlie, and their three children moved to California in 1964 and sold the house to Tougaloo College in 1993. Restored, the house is the state’s first house museum dedicated to the civil rights movement.

Writing Credits

Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller


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Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller, "MEDGAR EVERS HOME MUSEUM (MEDGAR AND MYRLIE EVERS HOUSE)", [Jackson, Mississippi], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Mississippi, Jennifer V. O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio. With Mary Warren Miller. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2021, 273-274.

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