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9 The Medgar Evers Library

4215 Medgar Evers Blvd. 601.982.2867

Medgar Wiley Evers was a prominent civil-rights activist and the first field secretary

for the Mississippi branch of the NAACP. He was involved in boycotts and efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi, and supported James Meredith’s efforts to enroll there. He also helped

investigate the murder of Emmett Till. Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens’ Council and the Ku Klux Klan, murdered Evers in his Jackson driveway on the morning of June 12, 1963.

10 The Charles W. Tisdale Library 807 E. Northside Drive 601.366.0021

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Charles W. Tisdale was the owner and publisher of the Jackson Advocate, the oldest black-owned newspaper in Mississippi, from 1978 until his death in 2007. Tisdale was a strong advocate for African American rights and criticized elected officials both black and white.

11 The Raymond Library 126 W. Court St., Raymond 601.857.8721

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The Raymond Library bears the name of the city it is located in. The city itself is named for Gen. Raymond Robinson of Clinton, who served in the war of 1812 and later settled in Mississippi. He owned the land Raymond was built on before he gave up his claim to it in the 1820s.

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515 W. McDowell Road 601.372.1621

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Richard Nathaniel Wright was a Jackson-born African American author of sometimes-controversial novels, short stories, poems and non-fiction. Some of his most famous works include the story “Big Boy Leaves Home,” the novel “Uncle Tom’s Children”— which earned Wright a Guggenheim Fellowship— and “Native Son,” which the Book of the Month Club selected as its first book by an African American author. Wright is also

known for his autobiography, “Black Boy.”

13 The Ella Bess Austin Library

420 W. Cunningham Ave., Terry 601.878.5336

Ella Bess Hutchinson Austin was a teacher and community volunteer in Terry, where the library named in her honor is located.

14 The Evelyn 49 Taylor Majure Library 217 W. Main St., Utica 601.885.8381

Evelyn Taylor Majure was a Hinds County native who

lived most of her life in Utica. She attended Utica High School and attended college at Mississippi State College for Women. The citizens of Utica petitioned for the library to be named in Majure’s honor for her contributions as a community activist.

15 The R.G. Bolden/Anna BellMoore Library 1444 Wiggins Road 601.922.6076

Rev. R.G. Bolden was the pastor of New Travelers Rest M.B. Church in Jackson. Anna Bell-Moore was a beloved Jackson community activist. 17

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