U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today that the Public Lands Bill (S. 22) that passed the Senate includes many provisions important for historical preservation in Tennessee, including Alexander’s Green McAdoo National Historic Study Act.
“Green McAdoo is a big step closer to being recognized as a historic site of national importance with passage of this bill,” Alexander said. “I have supported including Green McAdoo in the National Park system to ensure its preservation and I’m glad we are closer to that goal today. This effort will ensure that we appropriately honor the story of the Clinton 12 and the Tennessee community that successfully integrated Clinton High School without federal intervention one year before Little Rock Central.”
Last October, Alexander introduced the Green McAdoo National Historic Site Study Act (S. 2207) that would direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the feasibility of designating the Green McAdoo School as a unit of the National Park System. Upon receiving the designation, the site would become part of the 391-unit National Park System and receive federal funding for operational costs. It also would earn national recognition as part of the Park System’s mission to preserve and protect the natural and cultural history of America.
Alexander said the Public Lands Bill, a package of more than one hundred different bills, contains several other pieces of legislation he has cosponsored and supported, including:
• The Trail of Tears Documentation Act (H.R. 5335) sponsored by Congressman Zach Wamp (R-Tenn. -3) that adds several routes to the historic Trail of Tears, including several in Tennessee, by which the Cherokee were forced out of their ancestral homelands.
• The Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act (S. 1921) to protect historic Civil War battlefields throughout the nation including many sites in Tennessee.
• The Preserve America and Save America’s Treasures Act (S. 2262) to support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning activities and to preserve nationally significant collections and historic properties.
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (S. 22) passed the Senate by a vote of 73 to 21.