Interior secretary adds Evers home to Civil Rights Network
JACKSON, Miss. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has added the home of Medgar and Myrlie Evers to the AfricanAmerican Civil Rights Network, which was created by federal law this year.
Medgar Evers was the Mississippi NAACP’s first field secretary beginning in 1954, and led voter registration drives and boycotts to push for racial equality. He was killed in June 1963 outside the family’s home in Jackson. His widow, Myrlie, served as national NAACP chairwoman from 1995 to 1998.
The National Park Service unveiled a bronze plaque in May showing the Evers’ home is a national historic landmark. The Interior Department approved the landmark designation in 2016. The department is now weighing making the home a national monument.