The Bid for the National Historic Park

An estimated 500-600 people gathered at the Pullman Clock Tower to hear from National Park Service officials, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Illinois Historical Preservation Agency Director, Amy Martin, 9th Ward Alderman Anthony A. Beale, Chicago Department of Planning and Development Commissioner, Andrew J. Mooney, and others, of the plans to have the Pullman Community granted National Park Status, with the A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum as the focus of the proposed new Park 402, should the effort be successful.  - by Kevin Murphy

Pullman National Historic Park

Alderman Beale been working closely with Senator Durbin, other elected officials and the National Park Service to support the designation of the Pullman Historic District as a national park. This important initiative will recognize the significant historic contributions of the Pullman neighborhood to manufacturing, organized labor and the civil rights movement. A national park has the capacity to attract investment in our community's infrastructure and generate jobs through park operations and tourism.

Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

Pullman National Historical Park Act - Establishes the Pullman National Historical Park in Illinois as a unit of the National Park System to:
(1) preserve and interpret for the benefit of future generations the significant labor, industrial, civil rights, and social history of the Park, the significant architectural structures in the Park, and the role of the Pullman community in the creation of the first national Labor Day holiday in the world;
(2) coordinate preservation, protection, and interpretation efforts of the Park by the federal government, the state of Illinois, units of local government, and private and nonprofit organizations; and
(3) coordinate appropriate management options necessary to ensure the protection, preservation, and interpretation of the many significant aspects of the Park.
Requires the Park to include: (1) the Pullman Factory Complex, including the Clock Tower Building and rear erecting shops; and (2) the approximately 13 acres of land upon which such structures are located.
Requires the Secretary of the Interior to complete a general management plan for the Park.