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Bill to designate Medgar Evers home national monument introduced

By Adam McWilliams

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith introduced a bill Monday that would make the home of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers a national monument and would make the home part of the national park system.

Senator Wicker said, "Making this site a national monument would further underscore the historic significance of the Civil Rights Movement."

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said, "The designation of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers home as a national monument will help ensure the preservation of an important and tragic civil rights site."

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Medgar Evers national monument act introduced by Congressman Bennie Thompson.