Admission to two Mississippi history museums is free Wednesday to mark the birthday of the late civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer, known for saying she was “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
She was born on October 6, 1917 in Montgomery County and worked most of her life as a sharecropper. In 1962 Hamer joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and worked to get black people on the electoral roll. Hamer was one of the founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which contested the seat of the regular party’s all-white delegation to the 1964 Democratic National Convention.
Hamer died of cancer on March 14, 1977.
Pamela DC Junior is director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History – two entities under one roof in downtown Jackson. She said Hamer changed Mississippi and the world.
“Tenacity, inspiration and ‘never give up’ are words and phrases that Fannie Lou Hamer has lived through. His courage and strength brought change for all of humanity, ”Junior said in a press release announcing free admission to both museums. “May we all live like her by being and showing examples of good management in our communities. ”
Museum staff will organize guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to discuss Hamer’s life and legacy.