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Explore the movement that changed the nation. Discover stories of Mississippians like Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Vernon Dahmer, as well as those who traveled many miles to stand beside them, come what may, in the name of equal rights for all.

Explore the Galleries at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Points of Light

The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi is full of ordinary men and women who refused to sit silently while their brothers and sisters were denied their basic freedoms. A number of these heroes are featured throughout the museum as Points of Light, shining exemplars of dignity, strength, and perseverance in the face of oppression.

Anne Moody

Anne Moody

Anne Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi offers a firsthand account of Black life in Mississippi. Moody picked cotton to help her family, went to segregated schools, and sang in church choirs. As a teenage housekeeper serving local Whites, she was shaken by Emmett Till’s murder and ongoing violence against her neighbors. Moody pursued higher education at Tougaloo College, where she joined the Movement. She sat in at the Capitol Street Woolworth’s, marched after the murder of Medgar Evers, and volunteered to staff CORE’s Freedom House in Canton. Her memoir describes recruiting youths, trying to win the trust of rural Black people, and struggling to get by while suffering harassment from local Whites.

Judge Fred L. Banks - Photo courtesy NAACP

Judge Fred L. Banks

Fred Banks "chose to enter the law to help African Americans achieve equality." After earning his juris doctorate in 1968 from Howard University, Banks returned to Mississippi and helped win important victories in the areas of public accommodations, voting rights, and school equality and integration. Banks was in the second wave of African Americans to be elected to the Mississippi legislature in the wake of Robert G. Clark Jr. As a member of the House of Representatives, he was a leader in the effort to make legislative districts fairer and more inclusive. In 1985, Banks was appointed judge of the Seventh Circuit Court District, and in 1991, he became a justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court. 

Explore Mississippi

Many of the homes, colleges, and historic sites discussed in this gallery still exist today. Journey beyond the museum walls and explore the places where history happened.

Reverend George Lee Museum

Fannie Lou Hamer Civil Rights MuseumMuseum dedicated to Reverend George Lee and other civil rights heroes.

17150 US HWY 49
Belzoni, Mississippi

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McComb Black History Gallery

Black History GalleryFeatures pictures, books, and other historical materials relating to local African Americans

819 Wall Street
McComb, Mississippi 

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