National Parks Group Awards Citizens for Fort Monroe National Park with Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   March 27, 2012
Contact:   Pam Goddard, Chesapeake and Virginia Program Manager National Parks Conservation Association, P:202.454.3365; C: 202.604.3781
Alison Zemanski, Media Relations Manager National Parks Conservation Association, P: 202.454.3332; C: 202.384.8762


National Parks Group Awards Citizens for Fort Monroe National Park with Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award

Washington, D.C. - The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today will honor the Citizens for Fort Monroe National Park with its Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award in Washington for the group’s advocacy and dedication to make Fort Monroe a national park site.

“When the Department of Defense announced that the U.S. Army would close the military base at Fort Monroe in 2005, the Citizens for Fort Monroe National Park became the driving force to establish a new national monument,” said Pam Goddard, NPCA’s Chesapeake and Virginia program manager . “Their vision, years of hard work, personal financial sacrifice, and steadfast refusal to take ‘no’ for an answer resulted in the designation of Fort Monroe National Monument.

The rich history of Fort Monroe is supplemented by a natural landscape that includes miles of beachfront and inland areas perfect for birding and other outdoor recreation.  Fort Monroe National Monument protects an important piece of our nation’s heritage while generating jobs and economic activity that will have local and national benefits. 

Last November, President Obama used his executive powers under the Antiquities Act to add 324 acres of the peninsula in Hampton, declaring the site a national monument. The first Africans were traded into slavery in 1619 on the Old Point Comfort Peninsula.  More than 240 years later, Fort Monroe served as “Freedom’s Fortress” when three enslaved men sought refuge at the Fort, creating a path to freedom for more than 10,000 enslaved people. 

“The addition of Fort Monroe to the National Park System provides the opportunity for all Americans to reflect upon and honor the legacy of those who risked all to make the perilous journey from slavery to freedom,” said Goddard. “We must all continue to work together to ensure that our national parks are protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy, especially as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.”

NPCA's annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award was established in 1986 to honor individuals who often must go to great lengths to advocate and fight for the protection of our national parks. Named for Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a life-long advocate for Everglades National Park, the award recognizes the outstanding efforts of an individual or group that result in the protection of a site or proposed site in the National Park System.

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About National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA): Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard our National Park System. NPCA, its more than 600,000 members, supporters, and partners, work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for our children and grandchildren. For more information, visit: www.npca.org.

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