House of civil rights icon Evers named as a nationwide monument

JACKSON, miss. (AP) – The historic home of murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers is now a national monument. The US Secretary of the Interior and members of the Mississippi Congress delegation made the announcement Thursday. The name for the house of Medgar and Myrlie Evers was requested by a US President-in-Office, Donald Trump, who signed last year. Tougaloo College transferred ownership of the house to the National Park Service in June. The Jackson house is currently closed to the public, but officials hope to open it to visitors in the future. Medgar Evers was the Mississippi NAACP leader when he was murdered outside the home in 1963 while his wife and their three children were inside.

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