Cochran, Wicker again introduce Medgar Evers House Study Act

Medgar Evers (Source: Alcorn State University)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTOK) - Mississippi senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker Wednesday re-introduced a measure that could lead to the home of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers being added to the National Park Service.

The legislation would authorize a study for that purpose. It was approved in committee in 2016 but was not considered by the full Senate before the end of the 114th Congress.

“We are committed to securing congressional authorization for the National Park Service to confirm the importance of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers home in the history of the American civil rights movement,” Cochran said.

“Achieving a National Park Service unit designation is not an easy feat, but the historic home of the slain civil rights leader is certainly worthy of this recognition,” Wicker said. “This honor would be a fitting tribute to the life and work of Medgar Evers and his family. I am hopeful that my colleagues will join us in helping to make this a reality.”

The Senate bill would authorize a special resource study to evaluate the national significance of the Jackson home where Medgar Evers, a World War II veteran and civil rights leader, was murdered in June 1963. Evers was also a Newton County native.

The review would be used to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the Evers home as a unit of the National Park System. The National Park Service would also be directed to consider alternatives for preserving, protecting and interpreting the site by federal, state, or local governments, or private entities and organizations.

Cong. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) is expected to introduce a companion bill in the House of Representatives.