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A recent press release announces our 399th, 400th, and 401st nation­al park sites. This is an excit­ing devel­op­ment hon­or­ing Amer­i­ca’s his­to­ry, but also pre­serv­ing its land.

The sites include the Har­ri­et Tub­man Under­ground Rail­road, First State, and Charles Young Buf­fa­lo Sol­diers. If you don’t have time to check out the full press release, here is a quick sum­ma­ry of each of the sites:

The Har­ri­et Tub­man Under­ground Rail­road Nation­al Mon­u­ment hon­ors a woman who left a huge impact on Amer­i­ca’s his­to­ry, and yet has had few pub­lic dis­plays show­ing our respect. Hope­ful­ly this mon­u­ment will be an oppor­tu­ni­ty for peo­ple to learn about her courage and vision.

The First State Nation­al Mon­u­ment is near Philadel­phia, and is meant to pre­serve an “urban oasis”. The site is meant to “com­mem­o­rates the lega­cy and per­se­ver­ance of ear­ly Dutch, Swedish, and Eng­lish set­tle­ment in Delaware, a vital but lit­tle known aspect of our First State’s rich history.”

The Charles Young Buf­fa­lo Sol­dier’s Nation­al Mon­u­ment is locat­ed in Ohio. It hon­ors Colonel Young who was an Amer­i­can patri­ot as well as a leader in Civ­il Rights. Colonel Young was also the first African Amer­i­can to become a nation­al park super­in­ten­dent when he man­aged Sequoia Nation­al Park.