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Foundation Document

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The National Park Service is preparing a foundation document to guide planning and management of the Freedom Riders National Monument. The park welcomes all interested persons to participate in this effort.

A foundation document identifies a national park unit's core purpose and significance, its most important resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell its unique and significant American story. This foundation document will be used to provide guidance for future management and planning decisions at Freedom Riders National Monument.

As a new unit of the National Park Service, Freedom Riders National Monument's foundation document will provide a basis for first steps in prioritizing park planning and data needs. It is not intended to provide specific recommendations for future conditions at the park, but will instead guide future park operation decisions by documenting what is most important about the park and understanding what is needed to protect and preserve those assets.

Get Involved:
The National Park Service encourages all interested citizens to play a role in outlining the park's future by sharing their thoughts on what is most important about the Freedom Riders National Monument, potential issues that could threaten future preservation and commemoration of the site, and what opportunities exist to improve the protection of this national treasure. The project team will consider public input while developing the plan.

To provide feedback, please select 'Open for Comment' in the left hand side of this webpage. You may also mail comments to the address below and attend the public meeting. Comments submitted by mail or using the park planning website will be most helpful if received by July 17, 2017.

To hear more information and share ideas in person with National Park Service Staff, please attend a planned open house at Anniston City Meeting Center on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. A formal presentation on the foundation document process will occur at 7:00 pm during the open house. Address information for the open house is listed below.

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The National Park Service is also preparing a foundation document for the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, and is holding two open houses, the first at 16th Street Baptist Church on Monday, June 26th, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. and the second at Bethel Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 27th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The planning website for Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument is

Contact Information
Sarah Bodo
National Park Service, Planning Division
12795 W Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO 80225