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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.

Dr. T.R.M. Howard - Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-135350

Dr. T.R.M. Howard

A charismatic leader, Dr. T.R.M. Howard came to Mound Bayou in the 1940s to serve as chief surgeon at the Knights and Daughters of Tabor Hospital. He also owned a plantation and the Magnolia Mutual Insurance Company. In 1951, Howard founded the Regional Council of Negro Leadership (RCNL) in Cleveland. Hosting national figures like Thurgood Marshall and Mahalia Jackson, Howard drew thousands to rallies at his plantation. The RCNL called for voter registration and “first class citizenship for Negroes in Mississippi.” Howard spoke out against police brutality and started a boycott of gas stations that did not provide restrooms for Black people.

Dr. L.C. Dorsey - Photo courtesy UMMC Dorsey Research Honor Society

Dr. L.C. Dorsey

A native of the Mississippi Delta, L.C. Dorsey began working in her community for Operation Head Start in 1964. Her involvement led to the founding of Mississippi’s Office of Economic Opportunity and eventually to working within the Movement as a part of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). During her time with MFDP, Dorsey organized marches, boycotts, and voter registration drives throughout the state. After completing her doctorate in social work at Howard University, she resumed her duties with Head Start, serving as director of social services. In 1974, Dorsey began her tenure as associate director of the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons and was later appointed to the National Council for Economic Opportunity by President Jimmy Carter. 

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.

University of Mississippi Civil Rights Monument

University of Mississippi Civil Rights MonumentHonors James Meredith and all those who fought for equal educational opportunities

University Circle
University of Mississippi
University, Mississippi 

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Emmitt Till Interpretive Center

Emmitt Till Interpretive CenterEstablished in 2005 to serve as a commemoration of the events of 1955. 

120 North Court Street
Sumner, Mississippi 38957

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