Alexander: Recognizing Memphis Civil Rights Sites Important to Preserving Our Nation’s Heritage

Posted on July 13, 2016

Says sites “help us reflect on the progress we have made, along with the challenges that we still face”  

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today praised committee approval of legislation that would create a national network of sites that were central to the civil rights movement.

“Memphis plays a crucial role in the civil rights movement, and the Mason Temple, the Church of God in Christ and the Lorraine Hotel are places that help us reflect on the progress we have made, along with the challenges that we still face. I voted to create this network, because our children should grow up learning about this pivotal time in our country’s history.‎ These and other sites significant to the civil rights movement should be recognized."

Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the U.S. Civil Rights Network Act of 2015. Alexander is a cosponsor of the legislation.

The U.S. Civil Rights Network Act of 2015 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 U.S. Civil Rights Network. The legislation would allow the National Park Service to form partnerships with existing entities included within the U.S. Civil Rights Network to provide technical assistance on preservation and interpretation of the civil rights movement.

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