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[Congressional Bills 103th Congress]
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[H.R. 3956 Introduced in House (IH)]

  2d Session
                                H. R. 3956

To establish the Freedom National Park in the State of Georgia, and for 
                            other purposes.



                             March 3, 1994

  Mr. Lewis of Georgia (for himself, Mr. Linder, Mr. Darden, and Mr. 
  Gingrich) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
                     Committee on Natural Resources


                                 A BILL

To establish the Freedom National Park in the State of Georgia, and for 
                            other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    (a) Purpose; Establishment.--In order to--
            (1) preserve for the benefit of the American people certain 
        historic sites, structures, and properties of outstanding 
        national significance associated with the struggle for civil 
        rights by Americans of African descent and the effort to 
        promote international human rights associated with the Jimmy 
        Carter Library and Museum and the Carter Presidential Center;
            (2) establish a historic and recreational corridor in the 
        form of a roadside park surrounding the State roadway known as 
        the Freedom Parkway, connecting the Martin Luther King, Jr. 
        Historic District with the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, the 
        Carter Presidential Center, and various Civil War battle sites 
        associated with the Battle of Atlanta, including Copen Hill; 
            (3) provide educational, interpretive, and recreational 
        facilities to enhance the enjoyment of visitors to these sites,
there is established Freedom National Park (hereinafter in this Act 
referred to as the ``park'').
    (b) Description of Area.--The park shall consist of approximately 
165 acres of lands and interests in lands as generally depicted on the 
map entitled ``Freedom National Park Boundary Concept'', numbered 
______ and dated ______ and shall include the area surrounding the 
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and Carter Presidential Center and the 
corridor immediately adjacent to the right-of-way of the roadway known 
as the Freedom Parkway which connects the Carter Presidential Center 
with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District. The map shall be on 
file and available in the offices of the National Park Service, 
Department of the Interior.
    (c) Acquisition of Property; Authority of Secretary; Leasing of 
State-Owned Lands.--The Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter in this 
Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') is hereby authorized to acquire 
lands and interests therein, including leasehold interests, within the 
boundaries of the park as depicted on the map referenced in subsection 
(b), by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or 
exchange. All property owned by the State of Georgia or any political 
subdivision thereof may be acquired only by donation or lease agreement 
conditioned upon use of the land solely for purposes of a roadside 


    (a) In General.--The Secretary shall administer the park in 
accordance with the provisions of this Act and the provisions of law 
generally applicable to the administration of units of the National 
Park System, including the Act entitled ``An Act to establish a 
National Park Service, and for other purposes'', approved August 25, 
1916 (39 Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1, 2, 3, and 4), the Act of August 21, 
1935 (49 Stat. 666; 16 U.S.C. 461-467), and the National Historic 
Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470-470x-6).
    (b) Road Construction or Use Restrictions.--The Secretary shall not 
permit the construction or use of any road within the park which would 
provide vehicular access for through traffic, other than the Freedom 
Parkway and streets existing on the date of enactment of this Act nor 
shall the Secretary permit construction of any roadways which would 
have the effect of altering the design of the Freedom Parkway, except 
for construction of such cul-de-sac driveways as may be reasonably 
necessary to provide access between the Freedom Parkway and roadside 
recreation facilities.
    (c) Cooperative Agreements.--
                    (1) In general.--In furtherance of the purposes of 
                this Act, the Secretary is authorized to enter into 
                cooperative agreements with State and local governments 
                and with private owners of properties of natural, 
                historical, or cultural significance within or in the 
                immediate vicinity of the park, including (but not 
                limited to) the resources described in section 1(b), 
                pursuant to which the Secretary may--
                            (A) mark, interpret, restore, or provide 
                        technical assistance for the preservation and 
                        interpretation of such properties; and
                            (B) provide assistance, including 
                        management services, program implementation, 
                        and financial assistance consistent with 
                        subsection (a).
                    (2) Access and property alterations.--Such 
                agreements may contain (but need not be limited to) 
                provisions that--
                            (A) the Secretary, through the National 
                        Park Service, shall have the right of access at 
                        all reasonable times to all public portions of 
                        the property covered by such agreement for the 
                        purpose of conducting visitors through such 
                        properties and interpreting them to the public; 
                            (B) no changes or alterations may be made 
                        to the properties except by mutual agreement 
                        between the Secretary and the other parties to 
                        such agreements.
                    (3) Specific provisions.--An agreement entered into 
                under this subsection may contain specific provisions 
                which outline in detail the extent of the participation 
                by the Secretary in the restoration, preservation, 
                interpretation, and maintenance of such properties not 
                specifically provided for in paragraph (1).


    Within one year after the date on which funds are first made 
available for the purposes of preparing a general management plan, the 
Secretary, in consultation with the State of Georgia and the city of 
Atlanta, shall develop and transmit to the Committee on Energy and 
Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources 
of the House of Representatives, a general management plan for the park 
consistent with the purposes of this Act, including (but not limited 
            (1) a general visitor use and interpretive program which 
        fully considers the historic and cultural aspects of the park, 
        including the themes of individual freedom, civil rights, and 
        human rights;
            (2) a statement on the number of visitors and types of 
        public uses within the park which can be reasonably 
        accommodated in accordance with the protection of its 
        resources; and
            (3) a general development plan for the park, including the 
        estimated cost thereof.


    There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be 
necessary to carry out this Act.