H. Rept. 115-123 1 (2017-05-16)

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                   115TH CONGRESS                                      REPORT
                      1st Session   HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES          115-123





                               MEDGAR EVERS HOUSE STUDY ACT



                    MAY 16, 2017.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of
                                     the Union and ordered to be printed


                     Mr. BISHOP of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                       submitted the following


                                          REPORT

                                          [To accompany H.R. 1715]

                            [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                     The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the
                   bill (H.R. 1715) 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, having considered the
                   same, report favorably thereon without amendment and rec-
                   ommend that the bill do pass.
                                         PURPOSE OF THE BILL
                     The purpose of H.R. 1715 is to authorize the Secretary of the In-
                   terior to conduct a special resource study of the Medgar Evers
                   House, located in Jackson, Mississippi.
                               BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                     H.R. 1715 authorizes a special resource study by the Secretary
                   of the Interior of the home of the late civil rights activist, Medgar
                   Evers, located in Jackson, Mississippi. The Evers family home was
                   the site of the assassination of prominent civil rights activist
                   Medgar Evers in 1963 by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the
                   White Citizens' Council. The home, now a museum operated by
                   Tougaloo College, contains period furnishings, exhibits, and family
                   photographs. The study will seek to determine the national signifi-
                   cance of the Medgar Evers site. Based on the degree of significance,
                   the Secretary will determine the feasibility of designating the site
                   as a unit of the National Park System. During the study, the Na-
                   tional Park Service will also consult and collaborate with various
                   public and private entities to determine costs and other factors as-
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