Fayette: For Charles and Medgar Evers, 1971
7 ft. 10 1/2 in. x 16 ft. 10 in. x 18 in. (240 x 513.1 x 45.7 cm)
Gift of the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
Fayette: For Charles and Medgar Evers is named for two brothers who were prominent leaders in the civil rights movement. Medgar was killed by a sniper in 1963. Charles continued their work and was elected mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, in 1971. Ginnever made this sculpture that same year, taking part in public art’s long tradition of honoring important people and commemorating heroic achievements and allying him with the aims of the civil rights movement.