Outreach and Engagement Questions

The National Park Service (NPS) is currently working on the Emancipation National Historic Trail (NHT) Feasibility Study, and public input is needed. The study will evaluate the eligibility of designating the route described as having been taken by recently emancipated enslaved people from Galveston to Houston as a new national historic trail.

Public involvement is a key aspect of the Emancipation NHT Feasibility Study, and the study team welcomes your thoughts, ideas and feedback. Engagement is welcome and encouraged from any member of the public. The public comment period runs through March 31, 2023.

There are several ways to submit your comments:

1. Here, by submitting your comments online (click 'Comment Now' below)

2. By emailing the study team directly at: jill_jensen@nps.gov

3. By mailing written comments to the following address:

Jill Jensen
Attn: Emancipation NHT Feasibility Study
National Trails
National Park Service
50W. Broadway Suite 950
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

In your comments, we are particularly interested to hear your responses to one or more of the following questions listed below.

Your input is important to us. Thank you for your interest and participation in this important study!
Comment Period: Closed        Feb 1, 2022 - Mar 31, 2023
Topic Questions:
1. What can you tell us about emigration out of Galveston and into Houston after Emancipation? Do you have family or community stories that help to explain this historical activity?
2. Are there historic sites or trail remnants associated with post-Emancipation migration along the Galveston to Houston corridor, or anywhere else, that might be protected and/or developed for public appreciation?
3. Where can the public visit sites or areas associated with the post-Emancipation era for recreational opportunities or historic appreciation (e.g. historic sites, educational exhibits, museums, hiking or outdoor access)?
4. How might recognition of post-Emancipation migration from Galveston to Houston, and recognition of post-Emancipation sites and events, affect you or your community?
5. How would you like to see migration after Emancipation recognized and commemorated?
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