Could a new monument join the ranks of the Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson? And could that monument memorialize real estate?
Yes and yes, according to a press release just issued by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D -DC):
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced a bill to memorialize the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the last of the great civil rights acts, with a monument to be built in the nation’s capital by the real estate industry. “Fair Housing and the movement to bring equal opportunity to the real estate market is intertwined with our nation’s history. The federal government has been a part of the problem and an integral part of the solution,” Norton said. “I appreciate that unusual efforts by an industry that is subject to regulation by a federal law in establishing a monument here in the nation’s capital to commemorate the passage of the land mark law that governs its practices.”
The bill authorizes the Fair Housing Commemorative Foundation to raise funds, working with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission, which is responsible for all monuments in the nation’s capital, to build the monument to fair housing based on requirements established by the Commemorative Works Act of 1986.
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