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Interior Secretary, Park Service Director To Honor National African American History Month

Interior Secretary, Park Service Director To Honor National African American History Month
In honor of National African American History Month, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and NPS Deputy Director Peggy O’Dell will host events at national parks across the country during February. As part the Every Kid in a Park initiative, the secretary, director and deputy director will invite local fourth graders to participate and learn about African Americans’ contributions to the nation’s history and culture.

On February 11 Secretary Jewell will visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama. While there, she will host a discussion with several surviving airmen and distribute Every Kid in a Park passes to fourth graders for free entry to America’s federal lands and waters. She will also announce an important new partnership between Google and the NPS.

Throughout February, Director Jarvis will travel to three national park sites to highlight the role of the National Park Service in telling diverse American stories and to distribute Every Kid in a Park passes to local fourth graders; his first stop was Tuesday at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Arkansas.

On February 18, Director Jarvis will travel to Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Dayton, Ohio; and on February 22 he will visit New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. On February 19, NPS Deputy Director Peggy O’Dell will host an Every Kid in the Park event at Pullman National Monument in Chicago. Director Jarvis will…
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