From: The Honorable John Lewis
Bill: H.R. 267
Vote YES on H.R. 267,
the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park Act of 2017
Today, the House will consider H.R. 267, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park Act of 2017. I hope that you will support this budget-neutral, bipartisan legislation, which will be considered
under the suspension of the rules.
In 1980, Congress passed legislation to designate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in parts of Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. The existing Site includes historic buildings like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthplace, Ebenezer Baptist
Church, and the surrounding neighborhood.
H.R. 267 would change the existing designation from a “site” to a “park”. This bill would also update the existing boundary map to include the Prince Hall Masonic Temple where the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which Dr. King co-founded, first
established their headquarters. These small technical changes will significantly improve the way that the National Park Service preserves and shares the history and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with domestic and international visitors to Atlanta,
This Act is identical to H.R. 2880, a bill that the
House adopted and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee favorably
reported during the 114th Congress. Both H.R. 267 and H.R. 2880 enjoy bipartisan support.
I hope that you will vote YES when the House again considers this noncontroversial legislation. Please do not hesitate to contact Robert Stephens in my office at 5-3801 or
Robert.Stephens@mail.house.gov with any additional questions or concerns.
Member of Congress