Legislation marks step toward incorporating historic site into the National Park Service
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – Congressman Andy Barr today announced the introduction of H.R. 5789, the Camp Nelson Heritage Park Study Act. The legislation authorizes the Department of the Interior to study the feasibility of incorporating the historic site in Jessamine County into the National Park Service. The study would be paid for with existing funding to the Department of the Interior and would not require additional appropriations. The legislation is cosponsored by Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH).
“In Kentucky we are very proud of our heritage and history,” said Congressman Barr. “The legislation we announced today is an important first step toward incorporating the Camp Nelson Heritage Park into the National Park Service. A National Park designation would bring more visitors and greater appreciation for this significant site in our nation’s history. I am thankful for the contributions of Jessamine County Judge Executive David West, the Jessamine County Fiscal Court, and Congresswoman Fudge in their work to introduce and advance this legislation.”
“Given Camp Nelson’s connection to Ohio and its significance to African-American soldiers during the Civil War, I am excited to be part of the effort to incorporate this historic site into the National Park system,” said Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH). “I appreciate Congressman Barr’s efforts, and look forward to working with him to pass this important legislation.”