Making the US National Park System—and the World Heritage List—more inclusive
The US National Park Service (NPS) has made great strides in recent years to identify and incorporate heritage sites of underrepresented groups into the park system. To this end, NPS is undertaking a series of heritage initiatives, some of the most prominent focusing on Asian and Pacific Islanders, Latinos, Women, and the LGBTQ community. Recently, the NPS awarded a series of grants to assist local communities and organizations to research, preserve, and promote important sites. The city of Birmingham, Alabama, the site of such significant struggles in the long fight for civil rights for African Americans, received three such grants. These sites also are being considered for including the US Tentative List for World Heritage designation, which would further promote the promise of the Civil Rights fight in the US to the entire world.
By Ty West
Birmingham Business Journal
January 12, 2017