September 12, 2016

Senator Tim Kaine Weighs in on Birmingham Civil Rights Park

"Sites like this are critical to who we are as a nation"

On Friday, Virginia Senator (and Vice Presidential nominee) Tim Kaine paid a visit to the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, while in town on a campaign visit. Lauren Walsh of ABC 33 asked if he supports the push to designate the city's Civil Rights district — of which the church is a part — a National Park. His response was one that will warm the hearts of advocates for historic parks:

"It definitely has the historic merit to suggest that it should be a National Park. The mayor and I talked about it briefly when I landed... National Parks are not just the mountains, National Parks are these wonderful historic sites like Seneca Falls where women's suffrage really accelerated, or the Maggie Walker House in Richmond where the first African American women started a bank in the United States. So, sites like this are critical to who we are as a nation, and are very, very worthy of recognition."

- Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia

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