Medgar Evers was a pioneer in the battle for civil rights.
The widow of civil rights activity Medgar Evers will christen a new supply ship named after her late husband Saturday.
Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams, Evers’ widow and the sponsor of the ship, will be breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull at a special event with General Dynamics NASSCO.
Named the USNS Medgar Evers, the ship will have the capacity to carry more than 10,000 tons of food, ammunition and fuel to other ships at sea.
Evers became a figure in the national civil rights movement after returning from his service in World War II.
The christening will take place at 9 a.m. at 2798 E. Harbor Dr. on Saturday, Nov. 12. Gates will open to the public at 8 a.m.