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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.

Dr. A.H. McCoy

Dr. A.H. McCoy

Physician and astute businessman A.H. McCoy owned a dental practice, two movie theaters and the Security Life Insurance Company of the South, and helped establish the Farish Street Business District in downtown Jackson, which became the hub of the Civil Rights Movement. McCoy worked diligently within the movement, serving as president of the Mississippi Chapter of the NAACP in the 1950s and providing financial backing for equal rights campaigns that helped to uplift African Americans disenfranchised by the Jim Crow South. In 1984, the federal building in downtown Jackson was named for McCoy, making it the first federal building in the nation to be named in honor of an African American.

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.

Ida B. Wells Museum

Ida B. Wells MuseumFeatures a collection of artifacts belonging to journalist, suffragist, and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells

220 North Randolph Street
Holly Springs, Mississippi 

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Tallahatchie County Courthouse

Tallahatchie County Courthouse in SumnerLocation of the 1955 Emmett Till murder trial

401 West Court Street
Sumner, Mississippi 

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