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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.

Womanpower Unlimited - Photo courtesy Amistad Research Center

Womanpower Unlimited

Clarie Collins Harvey founded Womanpower Unlimited to help the Freedom Riders and their families. At a time when it was unpopular and even risky, Harvey teamed with Jesse Mosley, Aurelia Young, A.M.E. Logan, and other Jackson women and appealed to local churches for help. Womanpower sent the jailed Freedom Riders food, clothing, bedding, books, and magazines. They sent news to their families and hosted Freedom Riders when they got out. Womanpower grew into an interracial network of some 300 women. After the Freedom Rides, Womanpower supported ongoing voter registration campaigns and anti-segregation boycotts. 

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.

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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Rust College

Rust CollegeFounded in 1866 to provide basic education for newly-freed adults and children.

150 Rust Avenue
Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635

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