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Bennie G. Thompson

Proposal could make Evers home part of National Park Service

The home where Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in 1963 gets thousands of visitors each year, operates as a college-owned museum and relies on state grants and private donations for maintenance funds. Now the state's U.S. senators are hoping the National Park Service can lend a hand. Republican senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker said Friday they've filed a bill that would authorize a study on the national significance of the Evers home, as a step toward making it part of the Park Service. The bill is similar to one filed earlier by U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. Making the home a National Park Service site would bring a steadier source of...