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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

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Norton to Testify at Committee Hearing in Support of Her Bill to Preserve Historic Civil War Defenses, Today

May 17, 2018
Press Release

Another Attraction for D.C.’s Tourism Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will testify before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands on her bill to recognize and preserve the Civil War defenses of Washington located in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland today, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at: 2:00 p.m., in 1324 Longworth House Office Building.

“I thank the Natural Resources Committee for considering my bill to preserve the forts and structures that created a ring of protection for the nation's capital during the Civil War,” Norton said.  “These forts have substantial historical significance, not only for the District and this region; they were pivotal to the outcome of the war.  Unifying the management of these sites by placing them under one superintendent within the National Park Service would create valuable opportunities for coordination, preservation, education and, I believe, savings.  In effect, grouping these historic defense sites together would create another national park with a story of its own to tell and another boon for tourism, D.C.’s second most important source of revenue.”

Norton’s bill would redesignate the 22 Civil War defenses of Washington currently owned by the federal government and under National Park Service jurisdiction as the Civil War defenses of Washington National Historical Park, and would allow other sites associated with the Civil War defenses of Washington that are owned by the District of Columbia or a local government in Maryland or Virginia, a unit of state governments, or a private entity in these jurisdictions to be affiliated with the national historic park through cooperative agreements.  The bill would also require the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the storied history of the Civil War for both the North and the South, including the history of the defenses of Washington and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864, being assembled, arrayed and conveyed for the benefit of the public for the knowledge, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.