Charles Evers Funeral Home

In the 1950s, this building housed a funeral home operated by Charles Evers, brother of Medgar Evers, who urged blacks to register to vote. He also ran a taxi company and hotel. The hotel was located next to the COFO office and many COFO workers stayed there. In the years immediately following the 1964 murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, the area often suffered violence during anniversaries of these murders. In one instance, a white gunman fired into the hotel and COFO workers returned fire. Mr. Evers is a former mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, and was a disc jockey for WHOC radio station while living in Philadelphia. The funeral home, now known as Latimer Funeral Home, is located at 250 Carver Avenue.

Sources:

Neshoba County: African-American Heritage Driving Tour of Philadelphia Mississippi.http://www.neshobajustice.com/documents/RootsofStruggle.pdf