Civil rights sites considered for national park status

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A federal agency will hold six hearings about a proposal to give national park status to Mississippi civil rights sites.

The sites are the Jackson home where Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in 1963; a store and courthouse connected to the 1955 slaying of black teenager Emmett Till; the old Neshoba County Jail where civil rights activists Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman were detained before Ku Klux Klansmen killed them in 1964; and the Biloxi medical office of Dr. Gilbert Mason, who organized wade-ins to integrate beaches.

The National Park Service hearings are May 7 in Cleveland and Sumner; May 8 at two locations in Jackson; May 9 in Philadelphia; and May 10 in Biloxi.

Comments may also be made on the National Park Service website.

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