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107th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 2008

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and 
 feasibility of designating the International Civil Rights Center and 
    Museum, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a unit of the 
             National Park System, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                              May 24, 2001

Mr. Watt of North Carolina (for himself, Mrs. Christensen, Mr. Jones of 
  North Carolina, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Solis, and Mr. Udall of Colorado) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 
                               Resources

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                                 A BILL


 
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and 
 feasibility of designating the International Civil Rights Center and 
    Museum, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a unit of the 
             National Park System, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``International Civil Rights Center 
and Museum Study Act of 2001''.

SEC. 2. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE STUDY REGARDING INTERNATIONAL CIVIL 
              RIGHTS CENTER AND MUSEUM, GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA.

    (a) Findings.--The Congress finds the following:
            (1) On February 1, 1960, 4 North Carolina A&T State 
        University students, Ezell Blair, Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph 
        McNeil, and David Richmond, sat at the whites-only lunch 
        counter of a Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina, to 
        protest segregation.
            (2) In the following days hundreds of students joined the 
        protest and participated in the Woolworth sit-in.
            (3) The Woolworth sit-in inspired similar sit-ins in 
        hundreds of communities throughout the United States and was 
        instrumental in leading to the desegregation of public 
        facilities in the South.
            (4) The Woolworth sit-in was a prominent event in the 
        history of the civil rights movement.
            (5) Woolworth closed the lunch counter in the Greensboro 
        store in October 1993 and donated a section of the counter, 4 
        stools, and other items to the Smithsonian Institution for 
        display at the National Museum of American History.
            (6) The former Woolworth store is located in a district 
        listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
            (7) Community leaders and businesses in Greensboro have 
        undertaken significant efforts to preserve this historic site 
        and convert the former Woolworth store into a museum devoted to 
        the history of the civil rights movement.
    (b) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Museum.--The term ``Museum'' means the International 
        Civil Rights Center and Museum located in Greensboro, North 
        Carolina.
            (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National 
        Park Service.
    (c) Study.--The Secretary shall, in consultation with the State of 
North Carolina, carry out a study on the suitability and feasibility of 
designating the Museum as a unit of the National Park System.
    (d) Study Process and Completion.--Section 8(c) of Public Law 91-
383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5(c)) shall apply to the conduct and completion of 
the study required by this section.
    (e) Submission of Study Results.--
            (1) Report.--The Secretary shall submit to the Committee on 
        Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on 
        Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report describing 
        the results of the study.
            (2) Findings included in report.--In addition to findings 
        with respect to the matters specified in section 8(c) of Public 
        Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5(c)), the report shall contain 
        findings with respect to--
                    (A) the types of Federal, State, and local programs 
                that are available to assist with the development of 
                the Museum; and
                    (B) the potential use of, and coordination with, 
                Federal, State, and local programs to assist in the 
                management of the historical and cultural resources of 
                the Museum.
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