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Land of Emmett Till: Still No Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (front left) walked in the funeral procession for Medgar Evers in June 1963. Evers was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Miss. (File/Associated Press)

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi bred some of the worst violence of the civil rights era, yet nearly a half-century after a barrage of atrocities pricked the conscience of the nation, it is one of the few civil rights battleground states with no museum to commemorate the era.

Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, was bludgeoned to death for “sassing’’ a white woman and his body dumped in the Tallahatchie River in 1955. Mississippi NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers was gunned down outside his home by a white sniper in 1963. And three young voter registration activists — James Chaney of Mississippi and Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, both of New York —were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

By Shelia Byrd, Associated Press / December 12, 2010
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