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Mesa Verde National Park and all 409 national park units across the country will waive entrance fees on Monday, January 18 in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
National parks directly associated with Dr. King include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., which includes the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King made his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
The African American Heritage section of www.nps.gov contains a series of travel itineraries, essays, and lesson plans. There are also links to the dozens of national parks dedicated to African American history and culture, including New Orleans Jazz National Historic Site (La.), George Washington Carver National Monument (Mo.), Booker T. Washington National Monument (Va.), and Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (Calif.),
In addition to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the National Park Service will waive entrance fees on sixteen other days in 2016 - April 16 through 24 (National Park Week), August 25 through 28 (the National Park Service's 100th Birthday), September 24 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day).