National Liberty Memorial Preservation Act

Floor Speech

Date: April 26, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. Speaker, H.R. 6201 offered by Representative Watson Coleman would extend the authorization for the establishment of a memorial to honor the approximately 5,000 enslaved and free Black Revolutionary War patriots who served as soldiers or provided civilian assistance during the American Revolution.

In 2014, Congress authorized the National Liberty Memorial to be established in Area 1 in Washington, D.C., which is defined by the Commemorative Works Act as a location just off the National Mall.

Under the Commemorative Works Act, sponsoring organizations are provided a 7-year period to construct the memorial, which unfortunately has expired.

The subject matter of this memorial is extremely important, and I support extending the authority for the National Mall Liberty Fund D.C. to continue its valuable work to construct a lasting memorial in our Nation's Capital to honor the brave enslaved and free Black Revolutionary War patriots that fought to secure American independence.

Mr. Speaker, I urge adoption of the bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. BENTZ. Madam Speaker, I urge adoption of this bill, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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