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Home arrowNews arrowJune 20, 2014
ACHP, National Trust Host Session on African American Historic Preservation for Congressional Black Caucus

Civil Rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis spoke eloquently of the importance of historic preservation for all Americans and the necessity of keeping the national heritage of historic places as a gift to coming generations.The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (National Trust) sponsored a briefing June 19 that included the National Park Service (NPS) and four members of the Congressional Black Caucus about the importance of African American historic preservation involvement and important tools to assist those efforts at a Juneteenth observation in the Cannon House Office Building.

The session was opened with greetings to those gathered by Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who spoke about the historic significance of Juneteenth to the United States and its important role in the emancipation of persons in slavery at the close of the Civil War.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee at the podium.Among those participating and speaking eloquently about African American history and its attachment to special places that are important to preserve as eyewitnesses to American history were: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee; Thomas J. Cassidy, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Rep. John Robert Lewis; Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr.; Dr. Clement A. Price, ACHP vice chairman; and, Irvin Henderson, chairman of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation Board.NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis at the podium.

Also speaking was NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis, who discussed the role of the federal government in promoting historic preservation, with particular emphasis on diverse communities.

Attendees included staff from many of the CBC Members’ offices.

Updated on June 20, 2014

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