Senate Candidates Add Support to Evers National Monument Effort

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JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — The effort to turn the home of a slain civil rights leader into a national monument picked up steam this week as Republican Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi and Democratic Senator Doug Jones of Alabama introduced a bill to make the home of Medgar Evers a national monument. The U.S. House passed a bill last week to do the same thing but both chambers must agree on a single bill before it can go to the president. As Mississippi’s first NAACP field secretary beginning in 1954, Evers organized protests and boycotts to fight segregation. He was assassinated by a white supremacist outside his family’s Jackson home in 1963. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended national monument status for the Evers home, which is now owned by Tougaloo College.

 


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