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Bush's memo about the African Burial Ground

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  • Grant Q
    Saw this on TOPIX this morning & thought it would be of interest to the list. Pres. Bush sent a memo to the Sec. of the Interior about making the African
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 5, 2005
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      Saw this on TOPIX this morning & thought it would be
      of interest to the list. Pres. Bush sent a memo to
      the Sec. of the Interior about making the African
      Burial Ground a National Monument. Text is below, but
      the URL is:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/10/20051004-4.html


      -Grant
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      Memorandum for the Secretary of the Interior


      SUBJECT: African Burial Ground, New York City

      The African Burial Ground, located in New York City,
      is a National Historic Landmark administered by the
      General Services Administration (GSA). This site
      includes objects of historic and scientific
      significance that may be appropriate for Federal
      protection through designation as a National Monument
      under the Antiquities Act of 1906 (16 U.S.C. 431).

      The GSA's archaeological research has identified over
      400 human remains, along with associated artifacts
      dating back to the 18th century. Further exploration
      at the discovered site may provide research on the
      experience of the African population in Colonial New
      York.

      Accordingly, please provide me with an assessment of
      the historic and scientific significance of the
      African Burial Ground and whether it may warrant
      permanent Federal protection through designation as a
      National Monument.

      GEORGE W. BUSH



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