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Birmingham City Councilors Prepare to Give Greetings and Celebrate the Civil Rights District as a National Monument

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                     Friday April 14, 2017

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – On Saturday Birmingham City Councilors will join hundreds of citizens from near and far to celebrate their collaborative efforts with the City of Birmingham and U.S. Representative Terri Sewell to make sure Birmingham’s rich history will never go untold. In one of his lasts actions as President, Barack Obama signed a proclamation designating the Birmingham Civil Rights District a national monument. This designation certifies the Birmingham’s Civil Rights District as part of the National Park System.

Birmingham City Councilors are excited that this day has finally arrived and will give greetings urging the importance of always remembering Birmingham’s rich history and instill the valuable lessons into the next generation about the struggles that Birmingham thrived from. “Birmingham has evolved tremendously over the past 50 plus years and we couldn’t be more proud that this day has finally arrived for the Civil Rights District,” said Councilor Sheila Tyson, Chair of the Park and Recreation, Cultural Arts and Public Improvement Committee. “The economic impact combined with the cultural advancement will make a profound mark on our city and state as a whole as it attracts more tourists near and far. I’m beyond excited to be a part of this historical moment.”

WHO: Birmingham City Councilors

WHAT: National Monument Dedication of the Civil Rights District including the Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church.

WHEN: Saturday April 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Kelly Ingram Park , Civil Rights District

WHY: The National Park Service announced funding for thirty-nine projects in more than twenty states to preserve sights related to the Civil Rights Movement. The granted funding will cover the costs for maintenance and renovations of all facilities.

The National Park System explores history across America’s national landscapes in more than 400 national parks, in national heritage areas, along historic trails and waterways, and in every neighborhood.

For more information please contact Chiara Perry, Acting Interim Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council at (205) 908.7392 or chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov.