Tupelo man heads fundraising for Evers memorial

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – An effort is under way to complete a statue in honor of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
The statue will be installed at Alcorn State University in Lorman, where Evers attended.
Tupelo resident John Jones, chairman of the committee to build the statue, said he hopes people will help honor Evers’ memory.
“We’re having our Freedom Sunday this coming Sunday,” Jones said. “We’re asking churches, businesses and individuals to help make this happen.”
About 65 percent of the $250,000 needed to complete the statue has been raised. Jones said an emphasis has been placed on Freedom Sunday, but fundraising will continue until the goal is reached.
The plan is to install the 8-foot statue in early 2013, in time for the 50th anniversary of Evers’ assassination in Jackson on June 12, 1963, where he headed the Mississippi NAACP.
“He was editor of the newspaper, junior class president, a football player and captain of the debate team” at Alcorn, said Jones, a 1971 ASU alumnus. “He was also the first African-American to apply to the University of Mississippi. He applied to the law school there.”
Ed Dwight, a sculptor from Denver, already has been working on the statue. When finished, it will be placed at Medgar Evers Heritage Village, a student housing complex on the Lorman campus.
Donations may be mailed to ASU Foundation (Medgar Evers Statue), Alcorn State University, 1000 ASU Drive No. 810, Alcorn State, MS 39096. For information, call (662) 871-0422 or 269-3181.
“We want as many people contributing as possible,” Jones said. “What he did, not only black people benefited. The whole nation benefited.”
scott.morris@journalinc.com