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House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Kennedy-King Establishment Act

Feb 14, 2018
Press Release


Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representative’s Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on H.R. 4851, the Kennedy- King Establishment Act, legislation that would establish MLK Park in Indianapolis as a National Historic Site within the National Park Service. Congressman André Carson (D-IN) will testify at the hearing, which will be hosted by the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

“I am looking forward to tomorrow’s legislative hearing,” said Congressman Carson “I am pleased with how swiftly the bill received a hearing and am hopeful the committee will quickly move this bipartisan bill to the House Floor.”

Also testifying at tomorrow’s hearing in support of the bill will be Indiana State Representative Gregory Porter, who represents the 96th House District in Indiana which includes the current park.

If enacted, H.R. 4851 would designate MLK Park as a National Historic Site and make it a permanent addition to the National Park Service (NPS) system. This would bring certainty about future preservation and federal resources as they become available, including inclusion in NPS materials, interpretive educational services, and possible grants to help promote the site.

“This site is a national treasure that is worthy of preservation,” said Congressman Carson. “If passed, this bill will ensure that this site along with its message will continue to inspire future generations to peaceful social activism.”   

The hearing will begin at 2:30 ET. To watch live click here