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Councilman Stokes calls for city to address blight issue by Medgar Evers home

Councilman Kenneth Stokes is calling for the city of Jackson to address the blight and conditions of the Medgar Evers historic district. Source: WLBT Councilman Kenneth Stokes is calling for the city of Jackson to address the blight and conditions of the Medgar Evers historic district. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes is calling for the city of Jackson to address the blight and conditions of the Medgar Evers historic district. Saying the area has become a "dishonor to civil rights champions," in a press release. 

"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 its 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 fine people who they would put the property in those responsible people's names," said Stokes.

A lot of the houses in the district do need some love. Walking in the neighborhood, one lady walking her dog stopped to voice her concern over the blight in the area. She wanted to remain anonymous, but at the same time, say her peace over the homes.

"I'm sure Mr. Evers is spinning in his grave because he did not put his life on the line for this. Personally, I think it's just shameful. And the reason I think that is because even if you don't want to live in the house, you can always fix it up and rent it out, and make money. With Jackson having such issues, financial issues, and everything, it's too many blighted houses around here where you could be making money," said the neighbor.

This won't be the only day we bring up the blight in the Medgar Evers district, on Thursday, at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Councilman Stokes will also be holding a community meeting to address the growing issue.

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