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Jackson City Councilman wants to name a street in honor of the wife of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Jackson City Councilman  Kenneth Stokes wants to name a street in the Capital City after the wife of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

“We have an item on the agenda for Tuesday's council meeting to name North Street from Mississippi Street to Amite Street in honor of Myrlie Evers,” said Kenneth Stokes.

Myrlie Evers is the widow of civil rights trailblazer, Medgar Evers, who was the NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi.

Evers was gunned down in his driveway in West Jackson back in 1963. His home is now a National Historic Landmark. Myrlie Evers also fought for voting and civil rights and continued that mission after her husband's assassination. Recently, she spoke at the opening of The Museum of Mississippi History and The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

“Going through the museum of my history I wept because I felt the blows, I felt the bullets, I felt the tears,” said Myrlie Evers.

Now Kenneth Stokes says Evers' widow deserves to have her name on the street that runs in front of the two new museums in Jackson's downtown district.

“It is on the city council agenda meeting for Tuesday," said Stokes. "Then, we will follow the ordinance by getting signatures of the property owners on the street. It should not be a long process. Hopefully, by Christmas, we should have everything completed.” 

June 12 marks the anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers. Stokes says this is a fitting time for this honor for the Evers’ family.

“Even though we cannot bring Medgar Evers back, we can allow the family to know that we apologize for the actions that took their father and husband and we want to honor his wife by saying the city of Jackson is sorry. The State of Mississippi apologizes. We are going to honor Myrlie Evers.”

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