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Contact: Andrea DeKoter, 804-226-5023
The national parks have been called "America's best idea" and an ideal representation of democracy. This year they can add another descriptor: Centenarian. In August the National Park Service turns 100 years old. To celebrate this milestone, Richmond's national parks - Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site - invite you to "find your park" by joining us for a free one-of-a-kind bus tour and celebration of Richmond's history.
On Saturday, August 27, the park staff will host a day-long bus tour highlighting the area's rich Civil War and Civil Rights heritage. Titled "100 for 100: History and Preservation of Richmond's National Parks," the tour will take visitors to Richmond's national park sites for a behind-the-scenes look at how these special places are preserved, managed and interpreted. Park rangers will narrate the history of these sites, including Rural Plains, Malvern HIll battlefield, Fort Harrison, and the Maggie L. Walker home, and will also share insights about the parks' natural and cultural resources. The bus tour is free of charge, but is open only to the first 100 registrants by calling (804) 226-5028 or e-mailing Bert_Dunkerly@nps.gov.
"Richmond's history is our nation's history, and we are excited and honored to celebrate this centennial anniversary with the community," said David Ruth, superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site.