Alexander hails passage of bill to preserve civil rights history sites

Press release from Sen. Lamar Alexander

NASHVILLE, December 22, 2017 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Senate has sent President Trump legislation to be signed into law that will recognize and connect important landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement, including two potential sites in Memphis. Alexander said the legislation will preserve history for the next generation.

“The African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017 will help recognize and preserve as part of our national history sites that are central to the Civil Rights Movement, such as Memphis’ Mason Temple, the Church of God in Christ, and the Lorraine Hotel,” Alexander said. “This network will ensure the Civil Rights Movement remains at the front of our history and will help our children grow up learning about this pivotal movement. I’m glad the Senate passed this legislation, and I look forward to President Trump signing this legislation into law.”

The African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017 would create a national network facilitated by the National Park Service of existing federal, state, local and privately owned sites that have been found to be significant to the Civil Rights Movement. Two sites in Memphis—the Mason Temple, Church of God in Christ, and the Lorraine Hotel—are on the tentative list of sites that could be included in the African American Civil Rights Network. The legislation would allow the National Park Service to form partnerships with existing entities included within the African American Civil Rights Network to provide technical assistance on preservation and interpretation of the Civil Rights Movement. The Senate passed the legislation last night, and Alexander was the lead Republican cosponsor of the Senate version of the legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation on July 26. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

3 Responses to Alexander hails passage of bill to preserve civil rights history sites

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    Good for Sen. Alexander, even if there is no chance this president will sign it.

  • Penny Tucker says:

    Too bad he won’t do the same about the civil war monuments–a part of history that is important to most of his constituents. It can’t be erased–but there are those who are trying their best to do that. Shame, shame, shame.

    • Sharon Blankenship says:

      I agree with Penny. Just last week on the day Senator Alexander’s bill was announced, two statues came down in Memphis honoring Confederates. Makes my heart sad to know that mothers lost their sons in this war. Many did not own slaves, and their sons were buried in trenches in faraway places. The erecting of these statues finally brought some dignity to the men who served after years of suffering through war and the horrible reconstruction era. The artistry of these statues cannot be reproduced. People want to be more like Europe but you do not see them destroying their bloody past. It’s time to stop catering to the ill placed rants of public opinion against so many cherished sites of our history.

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