People

Eash, Wallace and Laura

Wallace and Laura Eash came from a farm in Iowa and served for 10 years in Mississippi. Under the direction of Mr. Eash the program grew to include more than 300 head of cattle distributed in 4 counties. The couple […]

Eastland, Senator James

Senator Eastland, born in Doddsville and known as “Slippery Jim,”served in the Senate in 1941 and from 1943 to 1972. His legacy is one of opposition to equal rights for all Mississippians. Before serving in the Senate, he was trained […]

Eddington, Grady (also Edding, Grady)

Grady Eddington: Grady Eddington was the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Alcorn County, Mississippi. The years of his leadership are unknown, but the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission mentions him as president in […]

Emmerich, J. Oliver

J. OLIVER EMMERICH was born in New Orleans in 1896 and grew up in McComb, MS. He graduated from Mississippi A & M College, now Mississippi State University, in 1918 after studying agriculture. After working as a county farm agent […]

Evers, Charles

Charles Evers, the older brother of the civil rights martyr Medgar Evers, was elected Mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, in 1969 in Jefferson County, making him the first African-American mayor in Mississippi since Reconstruction. By 1969, most of Fayette’s voters were […]

Evers, Charles

Charles Evers (b. September 11, 1922) is the older brother of the civil rights martyr Medgar Evers, former Field Secretary of the Mississippi NAACP. Charles introduced Medgar to the U.S. civil rights movement and was a successful organizer in his […]

Evers, Medgar

Medgar Evers, along with his brother Charles, was born in Decatur, Mississippi. During World War II, both Medgar and Charles served in the United States Army. When Medgar and Charles returned home from overseas in 1946, they decided to register […]

Evers, Medgar

Medgar Evers (1925-1963): Born in Decatur, Mississippi, Evers enrolled at Alcorn College (now Alcorn State University) in 1948. He majored in business administration, was on the debate team, played football, ran track, sang in the school choir, and served as […]

Evers-Williams, Myrlie

On February 18, 1995, Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams was elected to the position of Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest civil […]