Rep. Kelly Introduces Bill to Redesignate Pullman National Monument

Congresswoman Robin Kelly. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)
Congresswoman Robin Kelly. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Washington, D.C.-(ENEWSPF)- Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) introduced H.R. 2626, The Pullman National Historical Park Act. This bill would build on President Obama’s intent to preserve and honor the neighborhood as a part of the National Park System.

“In 2015, President Obama designated Pullman as a National Monument, and I want to ensure that we are doing everything we can to preserve the legacy of the Pullman neighborhood as a whole,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “National Historical Park designation will allow us to honor the many complex culturally and historically significant features of Pullman, including its role in the labor movement and in African American culture of Chicago.”

Historical park status will allow for the preservation and protection of Pullman’s significant cultural and historical resources associated with the United States’ labor history and creation of a national Labor Day holiday, the first planned industrial community in the United States and the pivotal role of the Pullman porter in the rise of the African American middle class. This bill will also ensure that non-Federal historic properties within the boundaries of the historical park are identified and preserved.

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will be holding a legislative hearing on April 21st on H.R. 2626. Congresswoman Kelly and Michael A. Shymanski, AIA Emeritus, Historic Pullman Foundation, Board Member, and Past President Historic Pullman Foundation will testify on behalf of the bill.

This is news from Congresswoman Robin Kelly.