Trump Makes Medgar Evers Home a National Monument

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WASHINGTON, DC (Ben Caxton) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill making the home of civil rights leader Medgar Evers a national monument. As the first field secretary of the Mississippi NAACP in 1954, he led voter registration drives and boycotts to push for racial equality. He was assassinated June 12, 1963, outside the home in Jackson. The federal government will take over the ranch-style home from Tougaloo College, which supports the change. The three-bedroom home was vacant for years after the family moved to California in the 1960s; it was restored after being donated to Tougaloo in 1993 and is now filled with midcentury furniture. One bedroom has a display about the family’s history and a bullet hole is visible in a kitchen wall. The National Park Service named the home a national historic landmark in 2016.

 


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