In­te­rior sec­re­tary adds Evers home to Civil Rights Net­work

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

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.

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