Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Congresswoman Terri Sewell Introduces H.R. 4817 to Designate Birmingham’s Historic Civil Rights District as a National Park

Mar 21, 2016
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Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Terri Sewell will host a press conference on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. (EST) at the National Press Club, to announce the submission of legislation to designate Birmingham’s Historic Civil Rights District as a National Park. The Congresswoman will be joined at the press conference by local and national stakeholders that have partnered in promoting this important legislation.

"I am proud to introduce this important, bi-partisan legislation that incorporates Birmingham's Historic Civil Rights sites into the National Park Service System,” states Representative Sewell. “With this designation, historic preservation efforts will be enhanced for these historic sites, greater economic revitalization will occur, and it will forever cement the pivotal role Birmingham played in the Civil Rights Movement."


“The Historic Civil Rights District in Birmingham holds many stories of the journey from what was regarded as one of the most segregated cities in the South to what Birmingham is today. The National Park designation will be a real tourism boost for Birmingham and will mean greater economic development for Alabama. The Birmingham Civil Rights District will include the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelley Ingram Park, A.G. Gaston Motel and other historic landmarks."



The Honorable Terri Sewell (D-AL)

William Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabam

Tom Cassidy, Vice President of Government Relations & Policy, National Trust for Historic Preservation 

Theresa Pierno, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Parks Conservation Association 

What: The announcement of H.R. 4817, a bill to designate Birmingham's Historic Civil Rights as a National Park 


Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the distinguished House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence charged with the oversight of our national security. She is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture, a key subcommittee on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.



Derrick L. Richardson

District Press Assistant/Constituent Services Representative

Office of U.S. Rep.Terri A. Sewell (AL-07)

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