First Amendment Demonstration Area

An American flag waves on top of a pole in front of a brick building as people enter
The entrance to the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center with the Stars & Stripes waving on top of a flag pole.  A small portion of the First Amendment Demonstration area can be seen in the foreground.

NPS / T. Engberg

The First Amendment gives all Americans the right to free speech. It is a cornerstone of American democracy. In order to protect park resources and to keep all visitors safe, the Courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of Americans' constitutional rights may be reasonably regulated. A small group (25 people or less) is not required to obtain a First Amendment permit if they are located within the park's designated First Amendment Demonstration area. Groups larger than 25 people must obtain a permit even if they are utilizing the park's First Amendment Demonstration Area.

The park's designated First Amendment Demonstration area is approximately 900 square feet. It is the shape of a rectangle with the northern side of the designated area being the retention wall for the landscaped area on the south side of the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. The western side of the designated area begins at the western end of the shorter section of the landscaping retention wall where it meets the taller section. The western side follows the line between the concrete squares south to the southern end of the fifth full square from the wall. The line makes a perpendicular turn to the east, again following the line between concrete squares, for five full squares, to form the southern side of the designated area. The line makes another perpendicular turn to the north to form the eastern side of the designated area. The eastern line ends at the landscaping retention wall. To view a map of the park's designated First Amendment Demonstration Area, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Please Contact Us for more information about the designated First Amendment demonstration site or the application process for a Special Use Permit.
Maps of the park entrance area with yellow squares showing the 1st Amendment area

Last updated: October 22, 2017

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