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Parks Group Champions Alabama Black Belt National Heritage Area

PRESS RELEASE

The Alabama Black Belt National Heritage Area would protect stories of our nation's diverse heritage, from pre-colonial Native American cities to early American rural life to the American Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL-07) introduced the Alabama Black Belt Heritage Act (H.R. 5989), which would designate Alabama’s Black Belt a National Heritage Area. Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Richard Shelby have introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

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On the Road to Freedom: Understanding Civil Rights Through Our National Parks and Heritage Areas

PARK TRIP

Join NPCA experts on this remarkable journey through some of the most significant sites associated with American civil rights. Along the way, you will have a unique opportunity to meet with NPCA partners, local historians, and even some of the faithful activists known as foot soldiers who actively played a role in the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

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Mississippi Reckoning

MAGAZINE ARTICLE

Emmett Till was murdered 64 years ago. Is it time for a national park that recognizes him and tells the story of the civil rights struggle in Mississippi?

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