Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Free Entrance To National Parks on MLK, Jr. Day

The National Park Service has announced that all 398 across the country will have free entrance on Monday, January 21 in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The holiday provides the perfect opportunity to visit a national park with a direct connection to Dr. King – a place where you could literally walk in his footsteps. You can visit one of the many national parks or National Register of Historic Places sites that honor the Civil Rights Movement or other African American accomplishments.

National parks directly associated with Dr. King include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia which contains his birthplace, home, church, and grave; the 54-mile long Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama where he led the 1965 Voting Rights March; and the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. which include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial where he spoke of his dream for America.

Among the dozens of other national parks that celebrate African American achievements are in Louisiana, Sequoia National Park in California, George Washington Carver National Monument, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama, and Nicodemus National Historical Site in Kansas. The National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places also recognizes key locations associated with African American history. Their travel itineraries, We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement Aboard the Underground Railroad, provide details on more than 100 significant sites.

The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on 10 other days in 2013 – the weekdays of National Park Week (April 22 through 26), the National Park Service’s 97 birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 28), and Veterans Day weekend (November 9 through 11). (NPS)

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