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H.R. 1012 (rs) To establish the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes. [Reported in Senate] ...

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                                H. R. 1012



                              May 15, 2003


                              May 21, 2003

    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural 


                                 AN ACT

 To establish the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in the 
             District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Carter G. Woodson Home National 
Historic Site Establishment Act of 2003''.


    (a) Findings.--The Congress finds that:
            (1) Dr. Carter G. Woodson, considered the father of 
        African-American history, founded in 1915 The Association for 
        the Study of Negro Life and History, renamed as The Association 
        for the Study of African-American Life and History.
            (2) Through the Association, Dr. Woodson, the son of slaves 
        who earned a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University, dedicated 
        his life to educating the American public about the extensive 
        and positive contributions of African Americans to the Nation's 
        history and culture.
            (3) Under Dr. Woodson's leadership, Negro History Week was 
        designated in 1926. That designation has since evolved into 
        Black History Month in February of each year.
            (4) The headquarters and operations of the Association was 
        Dr. Woodson's home at 1538 Ninth Street, Northwest, Washington, 
        D.C., where he lived from 1915 to 1950.
            (5) The Carter G. Woodson Home was designated as a National 
        Historic Landmark in 1976 for its national significance in 
        African-American cultural heritage.
            (6) A National Park Service study of the Carter G. Woodson 
        Home dated June 2002, found that the Carter G. Woodson Home is 
        suitable for designation as a unit of the National Park System, 
        and is feasible for designation so long as property adjacent to 
        the home is available for National Park Service administrative, 
        curatorial, access, and visitor interpretative needs.
            (7) Establishment of the Carter G. Woodson Home National 
        Historic Site would foster opportunities for developing and 
        promoting interpretation of African-American cultural heritage 
        throughout the Shaw area of Washington, D.C.
    (b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to preserve, protect, and 
interpret for the benefit, education, and inspiration of present and 
future generations, the home of the preeminent historian and educator 
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the organization known today as The 
Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.


    In this Act:
            (1) The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the 
            (2) The term ``historic site'' means the Carter G. Woodson 
        Home National Historic Site.
            (3) The term ``map'' means the map entitled ``Carter G. 
        Woodson Home National Historic Site'', numbered 876/82338 and 
        dated February 10, 2003.


    (a) Establishment.--After the Secretary has acquired, or agreed to 
a long-term lease for, the majority of the property described in 
subsection (b), the Secretary shall establish as a unit of the National 
Park System the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site.
    (b) Boundary.--The historic site shall consist of the property 
located at 1538 Ninth Street, Northwest, in the District of Columbia 
and three adjoining houses north of that address, as depicted on the 
map, if acquired or leased by the Secretary.
    (c) Availability of Map.--The map shall be available for public 
inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service, 
Department of the Interior.
    (d) Acquisition.--The Secretary may acquire lands or interests in 
lands, and improvements thereon, within the boundary of the historic 
site from willing owners by donation, purchase with donated or 
appropriated funds, or exchange.
    (e) Administration.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary shall administer the 
        historic site in accordance with this Act and with laws 
        generally applicable to units of the National Park System, 
        including the Act of August 25, 1916 (commonly known as the 
        National Park Service Organic Act; 16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.), and 
        the Act of August 21, 1935 (commonly known as the Historic 
        Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act; 16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.).
            (2) Rehabilitation agreement.--In order to achieve cost 
        efficiencies in the restoration of property, the Secretary may 
        enter into an agreement with the Shiloh Community Development 
        Corporation for the purpose of rehabilitating the Carter G. 
        Woodson Home and other property within the boundary of the 
        historic site. The agreement may contain such terms and 
        conditions as the Secretary deems appropriate.
            (3) Operation agreement.--In order to reestablish the 
        historical connection between the home of Dr. Woodson and the 
        association he founded and to facilitate interpretation of Dr. 
        Woodson's achievements, the Secretary may enter into an 
        agreement with The Association for the Study of African-
        American Life and History that allows the association to use a 
        portion of the historic site for its own administrative 
        purposes. The agreement may contain such terms and conditions 
        as the Secretary deems appropriate.
            (4) Cooperative agreements.--The Secretary may enter into 
        cooperative agreements with public and private entities for the 
        purpose of fostering interpretation of African-American 
        heritage in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C.
            (5) General management plan.--The Secretary shall prepare a 
        general management plan for the historic site within three 
        years after funds are made available for that purpose.


    There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary 
to carry out this Act.

            Passed the House of Representatives May 14, 2003.


                                                 JEFF TRANDAHL,


                            By Martha C. Morrison,

                                                          Deputy Clerk.

Pages: 1

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