JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - On June 12, 47 years ago, the United States lost a civil rights pioneer. Medgar Evers was gunned down in the driveway of his Jackson home by Byron De La Beckwith.
Every year, the City of Jackson throws a celebration in his honor. The festivities include a Medgar Evers parade at Freedom Corner.
The parade includes local civic leaders, debutantes, and other groups.
Spectators love to scoop up the candy and enjoy a morning of fun.
"My family came out here yearly. They're from Georgetown," says Rodney Thompson of Jackson. "They come, enjoy the festivities every year."
"I'm out here today enjoying the 47th annual celebration. Just remembering the legacy he started," says Margret Hutton, who also wrote a children's book about Evers.
Medgar Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.