By: Erin Faith Richards
On Thursday at 10 a.m., the National Park Service will present the Medgar and Myrlie Evers House with a plaque marking its newly expanded National Historic Landmark Designation. This ceremony will be located at the Medgar and Myrlie Evers House at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive in Jackson.
Bill Justice, Superintendent of Vicksburg National Military Park, will be presenting the plague to the Medgar Evers family as well as Tougaloo College representatives. This free public event will be present for comments, along with local government officials.
The Medgar Evers House is a typical American home that was built for Medgar, Myrlie, and their children in 1956. Medgar chose to move his family into this safe neighborhood because it was Jackson’s first subdivision that was developed by African-American entrepreneurs.
Though his life was cut short due to being assassinated, Medgar Evers was a pioneer on the frontiers of freedom for all Americans. Since his death, Medgar’s accomplishments in the cause of justice have continued to reverberate through decades. Behind the mission, there is a man who is remember as a respected son, caring husband, and devoted father.
The Medgar Evers House Museum is a celebration and memorial of the man he became. It is a place where knowledge is gained to use the lessons of history to continue to forge a more perfect union—to fulfill our dreams and the promises that all humankind will share.
The work of The Medgar and Myrlie House is one of five sites in Mississippi to be designated as a national landmark with the help of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson. On May 15, The United States House of Representatives passed a bill for the House to become a National Monument.
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. This event is being held in conjunction with Historic Preservation Month, which takes place in May each year.
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