Medgar Evers Home One Step Closer to National Monument Status

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JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Jackson home of a slain civil rights leader is one step closer to becoming a national monument. On Tuesday the U.S. House voted to establish the Medgar Evers National Monument. The Senate must still vote on the measure filed by Congressman Bennie Thompson. In 1954 as Mississippi’s first NAACP field secretary, Evers organized protests and boycotts to fight segregation. He was assassinated by a white supremacist outside his home in 1963. If the ranch-style house becomes a national monument, the federal government will take it over from Tougaloo College. Making Evers home a national monument is widely supported by Republicans and Democrats, including the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Republican Rob Bishop of Utah.

 


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