Civil-rights sites new U.S. mon­u­ments

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion des­ig­nated three new na­tional mon­u­ments Thurs­day hon­or­ing civil-rights his­tory as it com­mem­o­rates Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birth­day next week.

The mon­u­ments are the Birm­ing­ham Civil Rights Na­tional Mon­u­ment in Alabama, the Free­dom Rid­ers Na­tional Mon­u­ment in An­nis­ton, Ala., and the Re­con­struc­tion Era Na­tional Mon­u­ment in South Carolina.

“Pres­i­dent Obama is tak­ing new steps to pro­mote di­ver­sity and in­clu­siv­ity in our na­tion’s sys­tem of na­tional parks, na­tional forests, mon­u­ments and other pub­lic lands and wa­ters,” a White House state­ment said, adding that the des­ig­na­tions “will pro­tect his­toric sites in Alabama and South Carolina that played an im­por­tant role in Amer­i­can his­tory stretch­ing from the Civil War to the civil rights move­ment.”

The Free­dom Rid­ers Na­tional Mon­u­ment in­cludes the Grey­hound bus sta­tion where a racially in­te­grated bus of Free­dom Rid­ers at­tempt­ing to test de­seg­re­ga­tion was at­tacked in the spring of 1961.

The new Re­con­struc­tion Era Na­tional Mon­u­ment in­cludes four sites through­out Beau­fort County, S.C., hon­or­ing a com­mu­nity of freed, for­mer slaves in the Re­con­struc­tion-era South.

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