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H.R. 4895 - Medgar Evers National Monument Act

Introduced: 2018-01-29
Bill Status: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 483.
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2d Session
H. R. 4895

    To establish the Medgar Evers National Monument in the State of Mississippi, and for other purposes.


January 29, 2018

    Mr. Thompson of Mississippi (for himself and Mr. Bishop of Utah) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


    To establish the Medgar Evers National Monument in the State of Mississippi, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Medgar Evers National Monument Act”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) HOME.—The term “Home” means the Medgar Evers Home in Jackson, Mississippi, as generally depicted on the Map.

(2) MONUMENT.—The term “Monument” means the Medgar Evers National Monument established by section 3.

(3) HISTORIC DISTRICT.—The term “Historic District” means the Medgar Evers Historic District, as included on the National Register of Historic Places, and as generally depicted on the Map and located within the boundaries of the Monument.

(4) MAP.—The term “Map” means the map entitled “Medgar Evers National Monument”, numbered __/__, and dated January 2018.

(5) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service.

(6) COLLEGE.—The term “College” means Tougaloo College, a private educational institution located in Tougaloo, Mississippi.

SEC. 3. Establishment of Medgar Evers National Monument.

(a) Establishment.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Subject to paragraph (2), there is established the Medgar Evers National Monument in the State of Mississippi as a unit of the National Park System to preserve, protect, and interpret for the benefit of present and future generations the Home and the history of Medgar Evers’ pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement.

(2) CONDITIONS.—The Monument shall not be established until the date on which the Secretary—

(A) has entered into a written agreement with the College providing that the Home shall be donated to the United States for inclusion in the Monument to be managed consistently with the purposes of the Monument; and

(B) has otherwise acquired sufficient land or interests in land within the boundaries of the Monument to constitute a manageable unit.

(b) Boundaries.—The boundaries of Monument shall be the boundaries generally depicted on the Map.

(c) Availability of map.—The Map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

(d) Acquisition of authority.—The Secretary may only acquire any land or interest in land located within the boundary of the Monument by—

(1) donation;

(2) purchase with donated funds; or

(3) exchange.

(e) Administration.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall administer the Monument in accordance with—

(A) this Act; and

(B) the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System.


(A) Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to the Secretary for this purpose, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the Monument in accordance with section 100502 of title 54, United States Code.

(B) On completion of the general management plan under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall submit it to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

(f) Cooperative agreements.—

(1) INTERPRETATION.—The Secretary shall enter into a cooperative agreement with the College for interpretive and educational programming related to the Monument.

(2) HISTORIC DISTRICT.—The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the owner of a nationally significant property within the Historic District, to identify, mark, interpret, improve, restore, and provide technical assistance with respect to the preservation and interpretation of the property.

(g) Written consent of owner.—No private property or non-Federal public property shall be included within the boundaries of the Monument or managed as part of the Monument without the written consent of the owner of such property.

(h) No buffer zones.—Nothing in this Act, the establishment of the Monument, or the management of the Monument shall be construed to create buffer zones outside of the Monument. The fact that an activity or use can be seen, heard, or detected from within the Monument shall not preclude the conduct of that activity or use outside of the Monument.

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