Legislation passes, designating Evers’ home as a National Monument

Senate passes legislation that would make the Evers’ home part of National Park System.

Legislation passes, designating Evers’ home as a National Monument

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi’s two U.S. Senators are commending legislation that will designate the home of Medgar and Myrlie Evers in Jackson a national monument within the National Park System.

Mississippi's Republican Senators commend Senate passage of legislation on Evers home in Jackson. (Source: WLBT)
Mississippi's Republican Senators commend Senate passage of legislation on Evers home in Jackson. (Source: WLBT)

Senator Roger Wicker says with this vote, the home is one step closer to getting the national recognition and protection it deserves.

Republican Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith commend passage of legislation on Evers home.
Republican Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith commend passage of legislation on Evers home.

"I am hopeful Congress will send this legislation to the President’s desk without delay,” Wicker said.

Medgar Evers was assassinated in the driveway of his Jackson home on June 12, 1963. (Source: WLBT)
Medgar Evers was assassinated in the driveway of his Jackson home on June 12, 1963. (Source: WLBT)

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith says the home has been integral in telling the story of this family's pursuit of equality and justice during the Civil Rights Movement.

Hyde-Smith said, “I look forward to the House of Representatives embracing this effort to honor the Evers and their work as part of Black History Month.”

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith joined Wicker in efforts to make the Evers home part of the National Park System.
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith joined Wicker in efforts to make the Evers home part of the National Park System.

The legislation provides permanent protection for the Evers home by Congress under the Antiquities Act.

The Evers’ home, acquired by Tougaloo College in 1993 and labeled a museum in 1997, is currently a designated Mississippi landmark and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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