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HB 2296 African Americans, formerly enslaved; identification of history in Virginia.

Introduced by: Delores L. McQuinn | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles | history

SUMMARY AS PASSED:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; identification of the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia. Directs the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to identify the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia and determine ways to preserve the history for educational and cultural purposes. Among other things, the Foundation would promote the identification, preservation, and conservation of historic sites significant to the history, presence, and contributions of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; identify the contributions of African Americans to Virginia, the nation, and the world; identify historical sites significant to African American history in Virginia; and recommend ways to increase tourism and revenues associated with such sites. The bill creates a task force consisting of legislative and nonlegislative members to assist the Foundation in its work.

SUMMARY AS PASSED HOUSE:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; identification of the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia. Directs the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to identify the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia and determine ways to preserve the history for educational and cultural purposes. Among other things, the Foundation would promote the identification, preservation, and conservation of historic sites significant to the history, presence, and contributions of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; identify the contributions of African Americans to Virginia, the nation, and the world; and identify historical sites significant to African American history in Virginia; and recommend ways to increase tourism and revenues associated with such sites. The bill creates a task force consisting of legislative and nonlegislative members to assist the Foundation in its work. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Commission on the Preservation of the History of Formerly Enslaved African Americans in Virginia; report. Establishes an 11-member legislative commission to identify the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia and determine ways to preserve the history for educational and cultural purposes. Among other things, the bill directs the Commission to promote the identification, preservation, and conservation of historic sites significant to the history, presence, and contributions of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; identify the contributions of African Americans to Virginia, the nation, and the world and recommend options to begin resolving lingering societal problems whose origins began with the institution of slavery; identify historical sites significant to the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; and recommend ways to increase tourism and revenues associated with such sites. The bill directs the Commission to submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly annually. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act, and the bill contains a July 1, 2020, sunset.