Bennie G. Thompson

Memo: Consider civil rights home for national monument

Mississippi civil rights sites, including the home of slain leader Medgar Evers, should be considered for national monument designation, the U.S. interior secretary says in a memo to President Donald Trump.

Secretary Ryan Zinke makes the recommendation in a 19-page memo that was leaked.

In the memo, Zinke recommends shrinking six national monuments — mostly large expanses of Western land.

Evers, the state's first NAACP field secretary, organized protests and boycotts to fight segregation. He was assassinated by a white supremacist outside his Jackson home in 1963.

In February, the National Park Service designated the Evers home a national historic...

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