Civil Rights Tour

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A racially diverse group of 26 teenagers from central New York State is visiting civil rights sites in Mississippi this week.

The group toured Medgar Evers' home today to see where the slain state NAACP leader was assassinated in 1963. They also toured Tougaloo College and visited with Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson.

New York State Senator Nancy Larraine Hoffmann, a Republican, started bringing students to Mississippi in 1996 as part of a program called the Civil Rights Connection.

Hoffmann helped with voter registration and other civil rights projects in Mississippi from 1970 to 1972. The teenagers will visit Port Gibson, Natchez and Pickens later this week.

Celebrations are planned next week to mark the 40th anniversary of Evers' death across the state and in his native Newton County.

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