The Hanging Tree - KKK murder locations.
Jackson, MS. 12/3/2015. Museum Division, MS Dept of Archives and History. On the morning of June 12, 1963, civil rights activist, Medgar Evers pulled into his driveway after a meeting with NAACP lawyers. Emerging from his car and carrying NAACP shirts that read “Jim Crow Must Go,” Evers was struck in the back with a bullet fired from this 1917 .30-06 caliber Enfield rifle. Mr. Evers staggered 30 feet before collapsing. He was taken to a local hospital in Jackson, where he was initially refused admission due to his race, until it was explained who he was… he died in the hospital 50 minutes later. Klansman Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the murder in 1994.