Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.

  • Ghosts of Mississippi is a real-life drama covering the final trial of Byron De La Beckwith, the assassin of heroic civil rights leader Medgar Evers. The movie begins with the murder on June 12, 1963 and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in hung juries. The movie then covers district attorney Bobby De Laughter's transformation and alliance with Myrlie Evers, Medgar Evers' widow, as he becomes more involved with bringing Beckwith to trial for the third time 30 years later. Byron De La Beckwith was convicted on February 5, 1994, after having remained a free man for much of the 30 years after the murder, giving justice for Medgar Evers' family.

  • Medgar Evers is a black civil rights activist in Mississippi, who was gunned down by an assassin on June 12, 1963. This is later suspected that Byron De La Beckwith, a white supremacist, is the murderer and he would be tried twice and both trials ended in hung juries. For more than 30 years, Evers' widow Myrlie has been trying to bring Beckwith to justice and she believes that she has what this takes to bring him to trial again. However, most of the evidence in the original trial have disappeared but assistant D.A. Bobby De Laughter decides to do what he can to help her despite being warned that this might hurt his political aspirations and the strain it's causing on his marriage.


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