The Coalition is urging Congress to pass several bills that safeguard the preservation of important historic sites and that honor our country’s rich history.
African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017, HR 1927 and African American Civil Rights Network Act, S 857
The African American Civil Rights Network Acts would honor the historic accomplishments of the civil rights movement by requiring the Department of the Interior to establish a national network of historic sites, stories, research facilities, and educational programs connected to the African American Civil Rights Movement. It would also establish a National Park Service (NPS) public education program, and provide technical assistance for documenting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
The National Park Service’s Civil Rights Initiative has already identified several sites that could be part of the network, including the Mason Temple in Memphis, TN, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “Mountaintop” speech the day before his assassination. Click here for additional information.
Establishing the Route 66 Centennial Commission, HR 66
This bill proposes the establishment of a commission tasked with celebrating Route 66’s centennial in 2026. The bill would also require that the Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the eight Route 66 states, prepare a preservation plan for the highway and surrounding attractions. Click here for additional information.
Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, HR 801
This bipartisan bill would designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail under the management of the National Park Service. Such a designation would provide the iconic highway with a permanent program to preserve, promote, and economically develop the road and surrounding attractions. Click here for additional information.
To reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation program, HR 1135
This bill amends the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to reauthorize for FY2018-FY2024 the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Historic Preservation Fund Grant Program. The monies will be used to identify and restore the most historically significant structures on HBCU campuses. Click here for additional information.
Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2017, HR 1158
This bill would make it easier for smaller rehabilitation projects to gain access to the historic tax credit. The bill would increase the credit from 20% to 30% for projects with rehabilitation expenses below $2.5 million; simplify the application process for small developers by allowing a one-time transfer of the credits as a tax certificate; make it easier to meet the substantial rehabilitation test; and create more flexibility for non-profits to partner with developers in redevelopment projects. Click here for additional information.