Statement | August 3, 2018

Statement on the Designation of Medgar Evers’ Home as Part of the African American Civil Rights Network

“From leading boycotts, to registering black Americans to vote, to gathering evidence in the case of the murder of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers led a heroic fight for change in Mississippi,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “His assassination in 1963 spurred justifiable outrage across the nation and helped propel the civil rights movement forward to the establishment of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts only two years later. As a nation, we must continue to elevate more stories of brave civil rights activists like Evers, who made the ultimate sacrifice to make America more just. The designation of Evers’ home as a part of the African American Civil Rights Network, to honor the place where Evers was slain, is another step forward in the full telling of our history.”

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