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Officials vote to change airport name again

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has voted to rename the city’s airport for the second time in seven years.

This time, the favored name Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport was picked to replace Jackson-Evers International Airport to make it clear the airport is named in honor of the slain civil rights leader.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Councilman Charles Tillman spoke briefly last night in favor of the renaming, saying Evers’ brother, Charles Evers, lives in his ward.

The renaming won’t be free. Airport officials estimate it could cost $100,000 or more for signage and other things needed to implement a renaming.

Medgar Evers was field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People when he was assassinated in June 1963 outside his Jackson home.


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  1. Stupid! Never should have been changed the first time. Now again? What a waste of taxpayers money!

  2. $100,000 to be spent on crap such as this? No wonder we’re broke!

  3. City officials wonder why people are leaving the city of Jackson… waste of money like this is the reason…

  4. People need to remember that it is inconvenient for all the travelers who just want to know the name of the Airport as simply as possible to first make their flight plans and then to communicate plans with others. Every time you have multiple choices pop us as to what airport you are trying to go to, it just makes it harder for the traveler. Why not instead have big signs in the airport or on the airport grounds with whatever names you want on there and leave the airport name as simple as possible?

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