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Funding, staffing for USNPS cultural parks lags far behind those for natural areas

James Van Evers remembers sitting on bunkbeds, chewing bubble gum cigars his father gave him, and riding Heidi, the German Shepherd, in the backyard, but that’s about all he recalls from his childhood home in Jackson, Mississippi. His family moved away when he was three, shortly after his father, Medgar Evers, was murdered by a Ku Klux Klan member outside the family’s home in 1963.

Today, the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument honors the couple who ran the first NAACP office in Mississippi. Fearing for their safety, the Evers placed furniture in front of the windows to block gunfire in case of an attack and taught their three children to crawl infantry style on the floor to the bathroom, according to the monument’s website.

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