It was 50 years ago today that civil rights leader Medgar Evers was gunned down in front of his Jackson home. In celebration of his life and legacy, The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute sponsored the "Celebration on the Green" in the Mississippi Museum of Art garden.
The family friendly event included speakers who reflected on their interactions with Evers. There was also a literacy fair, entertainment and face painting for kids.
Organizers hope the event spread knowledge about what Evers lived and died for.
"Medgar Evers was from Mississippi and I think its very important to make sure all Mississippians support his movement and what he believed in," said Celebration on the Green organizer Jacqueline Berry.
The Mississippi Museum of Art has a small exhibit on Evers and his Widow, Myrlie Evers. It's on display through August 18th.
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