Alexander: Honoring Memphis Civil Rights Sites Will Preserve History for the Next Generation

Cosponsors legislation to create a National Park Service network of historic sites from the Civil Rights Movement

Posted on April 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2017 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today cosponsored legislation to establish the African American Civil Rights Network that recognizes and connects important landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement, including potentially two sites in Memphis.

“The African American Civil Rights Network will help recognize and preserve as part of our national history sites that are central to the Civil Rights Movement, such as Memphis’ Mason Temple, the Church of God in Christ, and the Lorraine Hotel,” Alexander said. “This network will ensure the Civil Rights Movement remains at the front of our history and will help our children grow up learning about this pivotal movement.”

The African American Civil Rights Network Act would create a national network facilitated by the National Park Service of existing federal, state, local and privately owned sites that have been found to be significant to the Civil Rights Movement. Two sites in Memphis—the Mason Temple, Church of God in Christ, and the Lorraine Hotel—are on the tentative list of sites that could be included in the African American Civil Rights Network. The legislation would allow the National Park Service to form partnerships with existing entities included within the African American Civil Rights Network to provide technical assistance on preservation and interpretation of the Civil Rights Movement.