Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes held a news conference Sunday outside the home of Slain Civil Right's leader Medgar Evers. Stokes is complaining about the conditions of the historical district where the home is located.
He says the city needs to address blight and neglected properties in the area.
Stokes says it is disrespectful to the late civil rights leader and his family.
"Some of the homes are in awful shape. If you go by, people have died, and homes have fallen in, roofs have fallen in, and it is going to be an insult to the state of Mississippi," said Stokes. "What would have to take place next is someone to try to either change ownership, where the city of Jackson were to get involved to try either to own the homes or find people who they would put the property in those responsible people's names."
Today won't be the only day Councilman Stokes talks about the conditions in the area. There will also be a Ward 3 community meeting, this Thursday, at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church.
Residents can voice their opinion on blighted homes and neighborhood issues.
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