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Evers statue revealed at Alcorn State University

The statue, made entirely of bronze, stands 13 feet tall and weighs more than 2,300 pounds. The statue, made entirely of bronze, stands 13 feet tall and weighs more than 2,300 pounds.
Myrlie Evers-Williams and Charles Evers at dedication (Source: MSNewsNow Anchor Katina Rankin) Myrlie Evers-Williams and Charles Evers at dedication (Source: MSNewsNow Anchor Katina Rankin)
JEFFERSON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Alcorn State University will host two national events in honor of civil rights icon Medgar Evers, including the unveiling of the largest bronze statue of Evers in the world.

The Medgar Wiley Evers Memorial dedication and the Medgar Evers Torch of Justice Awards Luncheon began at 10 a.m. Thursday. The events will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Evers' assassination.

The statue, made entirely of bronze, stands 13 feet tall and weighs more than 2,300 pounds. It was designed and sculpted by nationally acclaimed sculptor Ed Dwight. The sculpture is placed on the Mississippi Civil Rights Trail and will draw visitors from across the country to learn of Evers' fight for equality.

Medgar Evers attended Alcorn State University, known as Alcorn College back in 1948 when he enrolled, and majored in business administration, competed on the debate, football and track teams. Evers also sang in the choir and was junior class president.

During the awards luncheon, a presentation will be made of two awards to individuals who have carried on Evers' movement for promoting justice. Ambassador Andrew Young will receive an inaugural Torch of Justice Award, and the national award winner will be announced at the luncheon.

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