National Trust Commends House of Representatives for Approving the Hinchliffe Stadium Heritage Act (H.R. 2430)

Statement by David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Hinchliffe Stadium Heritage Act (H.R. 2430), which ensures that Hinchliffe Stadium will be a part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. The following is a statement on this important victory from David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation: 

“As one of the last remaining stadiums associated with Negro League Baseball, Hinchliffe Stadium is a living monument that symbolizes the history of sports and the American dream for a community that was often overlooked. We thank Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) for leading this charge and commend the House for taking a pivotal step forward in protecting this National Historic Landmark. 

“Today, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will consider advancing a companion bill (S. 1189) which also calls for the inclusion of Hinchliffe Stadium as part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. We urge the Senate to move forward with and approve this bill to ensure this iconic stadium is restored and reused for the benefit of the Paterson community, the state and the nation.”    

About Hinchliffe Stadium

Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey is one of the last remaining stadiums associated with Negro League Baseball. It is the only National Historic Landmark in baseball and only one of two professional Negro League venues considered nationally significant. Unfortunately today, it sits in a state of disrepair and is unusable.  In 2010, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Hinchliffe Stadium a National Treasure. In doing so, the Trust is committed to taking direct action to save and raise awareness of Hinchliffe on a national scale and return Hinchliffe Stadium back to a fully rehabilitated sports venue that will once again be an asset to the entire community.

 

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