Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the National Parks Service (NPS) has awarded $50,000 to the Ohio History Connection to evaluate Ohio sites that played a role in the 20th century African American Civil Rights Movement and propose them for preservation.
"From the campus where students trained to register African American voters to the home of Underground Railroad conductor John Parker, we must ensure the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Ohio is not forgotten," said Brown. "This federal investment will aid the Ohio History Connection in its important work to preserve our nation's historic sites for future generations."
Brown is a strong supporter of preserving important sites of the Civil Rights Movement. Last Congress, Brown and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bipartisan bill to create an African American Civil Rights Network -- a national network of historic sites, stories, research facilities, and educational programs connected to the African American Civil Rights Movement. The U.S. Civil Rights Network Act of 2015 would also establish a NPS program to educate the public, and provide technical assistance for documenting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Civil Rights Movement.