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National Park Foundation Supports New Study Identifying Civil Rights Sites for Preservation by the National Park Service

Nine Sites in Mississippi Associated with the 1955 Murder of Emmett Till Elevated for Protection

WASHINGTON Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official nonprofit of the National Park Service (NPS), made the following statement commending the Mississippi Civil Rights Sites Special Resource Study released by NPS.

“National parks tell the story of who we are—our heritage and our history, the triumphs we celebrate, and the profound struggles that have tested our nation throughout its history. NPF is committed to helping the National Park Service share a fuller and more comprehensive story of America; Emmitt Till’s life and death are a part of that story.”

The study identifies locations of historical importance across the state of Mississippi related to the murder of Emmett Till for possible inclusion in the National Park System.

The special resource study is one of many reference sources used when considering the potential designation of a new site in the National Park System.

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