NPCA's Park Advocate » African-American history News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “100% Community-Driven” Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:19:53 +0000 California outdoorswoman Teresa Baker doesn’t just love national parks. She encourages thousands of people around the country to love them, too. For two years, she has been the driving force behind a series of successful events encouraging people of color to spend a weekend exploring nature and history. Teresa’s project, the African American National Parks […]]]> 0 Youth Push for Pullman on Capitol Hill Fri, 23 May 2014 15:00:38 +0000 Earlier this month, NPCA and its supporters met with members of Congress to discuss creating Chicago’s first national park in the Pullman Historic District, the first model industrial town where the famous Pullman sleeper train cars were manufactured. This group included an important constituent group that NPCA is excited to see advocating for national parks—Millennials. Carina […]]]> 0 This Month’s Featured National Heritage Area: Lunar-Like Landscapes and Inspiring History Await at Arabia Mountain Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:54:57 +0000 Creating the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA) took some time—about 400 million years, give or take. Nature, history, and culture converge in this remarkable part of Georgia to create a landscape found nowhere else. The AMNHA features geological oddities known as monadnocks, a small historic town built out of granite, an active Trappist monastery, […]]]> 0 Commemorate Black History Month in 5 Unexpected Places Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:16:39 +0000 National park rangers and staff are some of the nation’s best storytellers, charged with protecting the most momentous places in America’s history. Our park system preserves the legacy of visionaries like Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Booker T. Washington, as well as landmark sites in the struggle for equality like the Brown v. […]]]> 0 One Step Closer to Chicago’s First National Park Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:31 +0000 Today, just days after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Congress is one step closer to preserving a Chicago site rich with Civil Rights and labor rights history by introducing legislation that would name the historic Pullman neighborhood as the city’s first national park. The Pullman Company was home to the Brotherhood of Sleeping […]]]> 0 Saving a Piece of History at Harpers Ferry Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:55:02 +0000 Today, NPCA and our partners announced an exciting milestone at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. We helped purchase four acres of private land significant to the park’s Civil War and civil rights history so that these parcels can be incorporated into the national park and preserved forever. Protecting this modest acreage from […]]]> 0 Journey Through Hallowed Ground Commemorates Our National History Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:41:17 +0000 The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide swath of land stretching from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. This unparalleled historic, cultural, and natural landscape includes: Nine presidential homes 30 historic Main Street communities 13 national park units Two World Heritage Sites Single largest collection […]]]> 0 Labor Day Has Its Roots in Chicago’s Historic Pullman Neighborhood Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:23:45 +0000 UPDATE: On August 21, hundreds of Chicago residents and business owners joined National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and city, county, state and federal elected officials to discuss the possibility of including the historic Pullman neighborhood in the National Park System. Acknowledging the overwhelming community support, Director Jarvis said he was ready to recommend an […]]]> 0 A Legacy Marches On Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:11:02 +0000 “We cannot walk alone.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. urged a nation to recognize that the destiny—and the freedom—of all Americans is a shared one. Today, we reflect on an August afternoon 50 years ago, when a quarter of a million people walked together, uniting in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—a historic demonstration […]]]> 2 Governor McDonnell: Please Don’t Build Houses on a Historic Civil War Site Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:55:19 +0000 In November 2011, President Obama declared Fort Monroe a national monument, honoring this critical military installation and the role it played as “Freedom’s Fortress” for thousands of enslaved African Americans who took refuge there during the Civil War. The monument designation, however, did not preserve the entire peninsula. The National Park Service manages the star-shaped […]]]> 7