The neighborhood was chosen because it was Jackson, MS, first neighborhood developed by African American entrepreneurs. Medgar thought it would be a safe place to raise his family.
The house was built without a front door for safety reasons. The family would leave their vehicle through the passenger side and enter the house through the carport door.
He was assassinated in the early morning of June 12, 1963, in his driveway when returning home from an NAACP meeting. He was retrieving t-shirts out of the trunk of his car. The t-shirts read, "Jim Crow must go."