On June 12th, 1963, civil rights leader and the first Mississippi NAACP field officer Medgar Evers was shot in his drive-way in Jackson, Mississippi. He died less than an hour later at a local hospital. It took over thirty years for his murderer to be brought to justice. Learn more about his life and legacy here.
I always feel a little strange photographing a statue, especially a more recent one like this. I would call it a type of collaboration, but I do not know the original sculptor of the statue and could find no credits in my research. If you know who it is, please leave a comment or email me so I can correctly edit this post and give credit to the original artist.
I actually would love to do a series of portraits showcasing current and past civil rights leaders of all races. I admit, I get some really odd looks when I talk about it.
“Freedom has never been free… I love my children and I love my wife with all my heart. And I would die, die gladly, if that would make a better life for them.”