House authorizes location for American Revolution memorial in D.C.
The House on Monday passed a resolution to approve the location for a memorial in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the slaves and free blacks who fought in the American Revolution.
The resolution, approved by voice vote, would authorize a memorial to be built in memory of the more than 5,000 African Americans who fought in the American Revolution.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), the measure's sponsor, noted that over 2 million descendants of the slaves and free blacks who fought in the American Revolution live in the U.S. today.
"This eventual memorial will show the nation, it will show the world, that the sacrifices, the heroic efforts of African Americans, both slave and free, who took up arms for American independence are not forgotten," Butterfield said.
The memorial, which will be built near the National Mall, will be called the "National Liberty Memorial." It will be established by the nonprofit organization National Mall Liberty Fund and therefore will not require federal funds.
Butterfield urged the Senate to clear the measure quickly.
"I hope the Senate will act as expeditiously and in as bipartisan a fashion as has the House of Representatives," Butterfield said.