Mississippi Civil Rights Sites Special Resource Study
On May 1, 2017, Congress passed Public Law 115-31, which directed the secretary of the interior to conduct a special resource study of nationally significant civil rights sites in the state of Mississippi. The law identified the following five sites to be included in the study:
• The Medgar and Myrlie Evers House located at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive, Jackson, Mississippi;
• The Tallahatchie County Courthouse located at 100 North Court Street, Sumner, Mississippi;
• The site of Bryant's Store located at the intersection of County Road 518 and County Road
24, Money, Mississippi;
• The site of the former office of Dr. Gilbert Mason Sr. located at 670 Division Street, Biloxi,
• The Old Neshoba County Jail located at 422 Myrtle Avenue, East, Philadelphia, Mississippi.
Based on this legislated directive, the National Park Service is beginning a special resource study of nationally significant civil rights-related historic sites to determine the potential for the designation of a new national park unit in the state of Mississippi. Other nationally significant Mississippi civil rights sites, not listed in the legislation, may be identified and added to the list of potential sites to be studied in this special resource study.
To provide your input on this study, please click on the "Open for Comment" tab on the left side of this webpage to respond to four questions that will inform this study.
The purpose of this special resource study is to gather information about civil rights-related sites through historical research and public input and then report these findings to Congress. The special resource study will evaluate the potential for establishing a new park unit within the National Park Service based on whether congressionally established criteria for national significance, suitability, feasibility, and need for direct NPS management are met. The special resource study may also consider other management options for sites identified through the study process. Based on the special resource study, the National Park Service will determine whether a site meets the criteria for inclusion in the national park system and will prepare the study for the secretary of the interior. The secretary will then submit any relevant findings to Congress.
This special resource study will take place over the next two years depending on its findings.
During this time, the study will assess public interest and support by providing opportunities for your feedback.
Six public open houses will be held in May, 2018 throughout the state of Mississippi. To find the closest meeting to you, please click on the "Meeting Notices" tab on the left side of this webpage.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about and comment on this study effort. We look forward to hearing from you.