Civil Rights History Sites in Mississippi

Making national headlines, Emmett Till’s 1955 murder put Mississippi at the forefront of one of the most pivotal periods of American history. This tragic event is widely considered the igniting spark of the modern Civil Rights movement. However, Till’s death wasn’t the only event setting the scene for this great struggle. In the months prior, the Rev. George Lee of Belzoni was assassinated after registering to vote. The Medgar Evers murder in 1963, the 1964 killings of three Civil Rights workers in Neshoba County, and other events in Mississippi rallied supporters of Civil Rights, bringing more people to the cause. Half a century later, Mississippi is the embodiment of changing times. Today, Mississippi has more elected African-American officials than any other state, and the Civil Rights movement continues as a strong element of political, social, and daily life. Visit Civil Rights sites in Mississippi like the interactive Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson and 25 sites on the Mississippi Freedom Trail. For more information, request a tour guide, use our trip planner, check out some of the places to visit, or contact us today to start planning your trip.

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Jackson   FEATURED

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The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the nation. Through eight interactive exhibits, the museum promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and […]

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The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, also known as Medgar Evers House, is a historic house museum at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive in Jackson, Mississippi. Built in 1956, it was the home of African-American civil rights activist […]

The Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Freedom Trail marker is located at the foot of the Biloxi Lighthouse and marks the 1960 Biloxi Wade In. Dr. Gilbert R Mason lead more than 100 South Mississippians in a peaceful wade-in on segregated Biloxi […]

The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum and Cultural Center of African and African American History was established to inspire, enlighten and enrich the lives of people everywhere by collecting, preserving and disseminating African and African-American contributions in the fields of history, […]

Emmett Till Interpretive Center

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner serves as a beacon for restorative justice. Established in 2006, the center strives to break the silence surrounding the 1955 Emmett Till tragedy, promoting racial healing and reconciliation through museum interpretation, public education, […]

Corinth Contraband Camp
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The Corinth Contraband Camp stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of enslaved individuals seeking freedom during the American Civil War. Established as a refuge behind Union lines, it provided shelter, education, and economic opportunities to thousands of […]

MS Freedom Trail
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The Biloxi wade-ins were protests that were conducted by local African Americans on the beaches of Biloxi, between 1959 and 1963. Dr. Gilbert R Mason led more than 100 South Mississippians in a peaceful wade-in on segregated Biloxi Beach. The Mississippi Gulf […]

Amzie Moore House

Cleveland, MS

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Built in 1941, the Amzie Moore House stands as a historic landmark and tribute to Amzie Moore’s pivotal role in the Mississippi civil rights movement. It has been transformed into a museum that preserves Moore’s legacy while offering visitors a […]

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The Black History Gallery was founded in 2001 by Hilda Casin, a Mississippi educator for over 50 years. The gallery contains the most comprehensive collection of Black History images, personal narratives, and artifacts for McComb and Pike County Mississippi. […]

This Freedom Trail marker commemorates Civil Rights activist James Meredith, who was shot in Hernando, MS June 6, 1966. Meredith was leading the March Against Fear to encourage African Americans to exercise their voting rights when he was shot and […]

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The museum provides education programs, as well as exhibits on the history of DeSoto County from past to present, showcasing artifacts and exhibits featuring the history of DeSoto County, Mississippi. Artifacts and displays begin with the arrival of Hernando DeSoto […]

Founded in 1900 by the North Mississippi Baptist Educational Convention, the college was the first school in DeSoto County to offer instruction through grade twelve to African Americans and one of the earliest private schools for African Americans in north […]