Alcorn State Selects Ed Dwight to Create Medgar Evers Memorial

Alcorn State University has commissioned sculptor Ed Dwight of Denver, Colorado, to create a larger-than-life monument of Medgar Evers for the university’s Lorman, Mississippi, campus. Evers, an alumnus of Alcorn State, was one of the key leaders of the civil rights movement in Mississippi until he was assassinated in the driveway of his home in 1963.

In accepting the commission, Dwight said, “I am honored and privileged to be chosen to work on Medgar’s statue. He is one of the heroes that were not properly honored and I am happy to see that Alcorn has stepped up to the plate.”

Ed Dwight as an Air Force officer

Ed Dwight is a native of Kansas City. His father was an infielder for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League. Dwight joined the Air Force in 1953 and became a test pilot. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1961 with a degree in aeronautical engineering, he was accepted into the astronaut training program, the first African American to be trained in the space flight program. He left the space program in 1966, never having the opportunity to fly in space.

After working as an engineer, in the mid-1970s Dwight made a career change earning a master of fine arts degree at the University of Denver. He has constructed more than 35 major monuments including the Black Patriots Memorial on The Mall in Washington, D.C.

The university hopes to unveil the Medgar Evers monument next spring on the 50th anniversary of Evers’ death.

Related Articles

1 COMMENT

  1. This is wonderful news for Alcorn State University and Mr. Dwight. As an Alcornite I applaud this decision as the 50th Anniversary of Mr. Evers death and my 50th Birthday in 2013.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Recruited for Federal Student Pathway Program for Careers in Public Service

The Pathway Public Service Program was established in 2019 to develop the next generation of diverse, qualified, and motivated public health servants. Over the past five years, the program has hired over 100 student interns.

Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

The five Black scholars who aer taking on new roles are Khadene Harris at Rice University in Houston, Nakia Melecio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bettina Drake at Washington University in St. Louis, Arlette Ngoubene Atioky at Goucher College in Maryland, and Kandi Hill-Clarke at the University of Memphis.

Getty Images to Preserve Digital Photo Archives at Delaware State University

Currently, Delaware State University's photo archives contain thousands of photographs taken over the course of the university's 133 year history. Thanks to a new partnership with Getty Images, those images will be digitized and made available on gettyimages.com.

Porché Spence Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Diversity in Ecology

Dr. Spence currently serves as an assistant professor of environmental studies at North Carolina A&T State University. Throughout her career, she has developed several educational programs geared towards introducing students of color to environmental science fields.

Featured Jobs