Historic Day for America’s Antiquities Act

A statement from Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Today, President Obama will designate five National Monuments through his authority under the Antiquities Act.  The sites are: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, Md.; Río Grande del Norte National Monument, N.M.; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Ohio; San Juan Islands National Monument, Wash.; and First State National Monument, Del. The following is a statement from Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
 
“The National Trust for Historic Preservation applauds President Obama’s decision to designate five sites that represent the remarkable diversity of America’s national story, four of which tell often-overlooked narratives. From the Buffalo Soldiers to the Native American and Latino communities of Río Grande del Norte to the Underground Railroad, the newly designated sites will provide an increasing opportunity for research and education, public viewing, and interpretation of our country’s history.”

About the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument
Harriet Tubman National Monument is located in Dorchester County, Md. and includes a 480-acre property donated by the Conservation Fund known as the Jacob Jackson Home Site. Jacob Jackson was a free black who used coded letters to help famous abolitionist Tubman communicate with her family and rescue her brothers from slavery. The site is adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and will be managed by the National Park Service.
 
About the Río Grande del Norte National Monument
The Río Grande del Norte National Monument is a quarter-million-acre cultural landscape with thousands of archaeological and historic sites spanning 11,000 years of human occupation including the historic landscape of the “North Branch” of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail which runs just to the east of the monument.  A recent economic study by BBC Research & Consulting estimates an additional $15 million in economic value annually following the designation.  It will be managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
 
About the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument  
The Charles Young National Monument near Wilburforce, Ohio, is the site of the family home of Col. Charles Young, who was the third African American to graduate from West Point and the first to reach the rank of colonel; he also served as a Buffalo Soldier and was the first African American National Park superintendent. The National Monument recognizes and honors a significant part of African American and American military history.  It will be managed by the National Park Service.
 
About the San Juan Islands National Monument
The San Juan Islands National Monument consists of nearly 1,000 acres spread across 75 sites including numerous historic and cultural sites including the Patos Island Lighthouse and the Turn Point Light Station; historic homesteads, a kelp mill, reef-net cabins, and archeological sites dating 3,000 years of human occupation of the islands. The Outdoor Industry Association estimates that recreation contributes $22.5 billion to Washington’s economy and supports more than 226,000 jobs. Protecting the historic and natural beauty and recreational opportunities that attract residents, visitors and businesses to the San Juan Islands is vital to a vibrant local economy.  It will be managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
 
About the First State National Monument
The First State National Monument is the first area to be managed by the National Park Service in the State of Delaware.  The approximately 1,100-acre monument contains a variety of historic sites associated with early Dutch, Swedish and English settlement and Delaware’s role in the birth of the nation as the first state to ratify the Constitution. A small portion of the monument is also located in southeastern Penn.  It will be managed by the National Park Service.

 

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