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house Bill H.R. 959

Do the Feds Need to Look Into Making Medgar Evers’ Home A National Park?

Argument in favor

Medgar Evers was a significant leader in the civil rights movement, and preserving his home would educate future generations about his contributions.

GabeWatson's Opinion
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09/14/2015
The cost is $200,000 so it isn't super expensive. It also doesn't guarantee that this will be a national park it just allows tests to be done to determine if it could be one. I think it is a great idea and one to recognize the civil rights movement that changed the nation.
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Alis's Opinion
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09/15/2015
The con argument appears to be undergirded by the assumption that if we ignore our unjust & violent racial history, it will quietly disappear. Also, that a national problem should be redefined as a local problem. We, as a country, have done great things. We have also done horrific things that live on into the present. Only facing by the reality & by promoting the heroism of those who died fighting for the American ideals of justice, equality & freedom can we move beyond our collective & comforting denial. Conservatives love small government & not spending federal money until they find a corporation or an issue that justifies turning, for instance, SHELL oil, into a welfare queen (instead of an ordinary citizen who lives in desperate poverty) or allows the federal government into personal, sexual & medical decisions (but celebrates the Feds NOT promoting high education standards for the nation.) Take your elected heads out of the sand. Medgar Evers was a martyr & is a hero! Let us celebrate his life with pride & mourn his death properly & with humility.
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Marvin's Opinion
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09/16/2015
Who cares? I don't think making Evers' home a shrine will encourage civil rights. As long as there is inequality, injustice will prevail. We need to stand together as one people, without labels or hate.
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Argument opposed

If Medgar Evers’ home is turned into a museum or otherwise preserved, it shouldn’t be done with federal dollars. Let states, cities, and private groups handle it.

Bob's Opinion
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09/14/2015
Don't use taxpayer dollars for these projects. If an investor puts up the money and can make a living opening it as a museum then let him do it. That is what bakes this country great
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AaronCBourlard's Opinion
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09/15/2015
Looks like something that could and should be done by the State of Mississippi. Let's promote state pride and let the state make it part of their park system.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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09/17/2015
This should be a state park, and therefore you should let the states fund it.
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What is House Bill H.R. 959?

This bill would require the Dept. of the Interior (DOI) to conduct a special resource study of the home of the late Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi. Medgar Evers was a civil rights activist who was assassinated in 1963. Depending on the outcome of the feasibility study, Evers' home could become part of the National Park Service.


The DOI’s study would do the following:

  • Evaluate the site’s national significance;

  • Determine the feasibility of designating the site as a unit of the National Park System;

  • Consider alternative ways to preserve, protect, and use the site for education by federal, state, or local governments, and private or nonprofit organizations;

  • Consult with above entities, groups, and individuals about preservation options;

  • Identify cost estimates for federal acquisition, operation, and maintenance of the site.

Impact

People who would visit Medgar Evers’ home, nonprofit groups and businesses, state and local partner organizations, and the Dept. of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 959

$200.00 Thousand
The CBO estimates that carrying out the proposed study would cost about $200,000.

More Information

In-Depth: Medgar Evers was a WWII veteran and civil rights activist who worked with the NAACP.in Jackson, Mississippi. After several previous attempts on his life, he was shot and killed June 12, 1963 at his home.

The National Park Service typically has as many as two-dozen studies similar to what this legislation proposes going on at a given time.

Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user transitpeople)

AKA

Medgar Evers House Study Act

Official Title

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the Medgar Evers House, located in Jackson, Mississippi, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      National Parks Subcommittee
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed September 16th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 12th, 2015

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    The cost is $200,000 so it isn't super expensive. It also doesn't guarantee that this will be a national park it just allows tests to be done to determine if it could be one. I think it is a great idea and one to recognize the civil rights movement that changed the nation.
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    Don't use taxpayer dollars for these projects. If an investor puts up the money and can make a living opening it as a museum then let him do it. That is what bakes this country great
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    Looks like something that could and should be done by the State of Mississippi. Let's promote state pride and let the state make it part of their park system.
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    The con argument appears to be undergirded by the assumption that if we ignore our unjust & violent racial history, it will quietly disappear. Also, that a national problem should be redefined as a local problem. We, as a country, have done great things. We have also done horrific things that live on into the present. Only facing by the reality & by promoting the heroism of those who died fighting for the American ideals of justice, equality & freedom can we move beyond our collective & comforting denial. Conservatives love small government & not spending federal money until they find a corporation or an issue that justifies turning, for instance, SHELL oil, into a welfare queen (instead of an ordinary citizen who lives in desperate poverty) or allows the federal government into personal, sexual & medical decisions (but celebrates the Feds NOT promoting high education standards for the nation.) Take your elected heads out of the sand. Medgar Evers was a martyr & is a hero! Let us celebrate his life with pride & mourn his death properly & with humility.
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    Who cares? I don't think making Evers' home a shrine will encourage civil rights. As long as there is inequality, injustice will prevail. We need to stand together as one people, without labels or hate.
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    This should be a state park, and therefore you should let the states fund it.
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    This man gave his life for freedom. Why wouldn't we?
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    The federal parks can not even take care of Grants Tomb, let the states take care of their own parks. Maybe the Feds can reimburse the states some how.
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    Why? Remember George Washington slept here? Do we make EVERY Americans' homes a monument? When is this going to stop? If someone locally wishes to pay for this, let them. Not taxes!
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    I think in light of recent events it is important to recognize people of color who have been victims of domestic acts of terror while standing up for injustices in America. There was a naysayer who made a point to say he did not even who who "she" was. Medgar Evers was a African American MAN that worked to de-segregate schools in America. I think his sacrifice for his service in the military and for the well-being of America should be honored. I don't believe the price to high.
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    Medgar Evers was a key figure in the civil rights movement. His contribution has not been publicly recognized, and the maintenance of his home as a historic cite is currently done by volunteers who fight to tell his story. Support for his house helps tell a powerful narrative that must be told.
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    It's a part of American history good or bad don't hide from the past face it and fix it
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    This is unnecessary and a national park in a suburb is absurd. Designate it a national historic site.
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    Are you kidding? Don't you overpaid clowns in Congress have more important things to do like balance the budget and pay back the debt!?!?
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    Get over it! Stop playing victim you pathetic group of African Americans
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    The Medgar Evers house shouldn't be controlled by the federal government. I believe that this is a state issue, and the state should decide on what to do with the house.
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    In case the family goes into hard ship they will sell the house. If they make it a national park then the family won't have to pay to keep it up and it will be there for generations
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    Absolutely!!!
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    Realistically, her house means nothing. In fact, I've never heard her name before, let alone learn whole she was. If I've never heard of this woman before, how significant is her house? If you want to turn it into a National Park, feel free to do it with private group money. No federal funding is required.
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    Medgar Evers gave his life fighting for equality. I think turning his home into a National Park commends his efforts and preservers his legacy as a civil rights leader. Further, all people—regardless of age and/or race—benefit by learning about people like Mr. Evers. His efforts to desegregate Ole Miss, gain the Black vote, and fight injustices all tell a larger story about the struggle for African Americans and other minorities to secure equality in America.
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