The upcoming bills set forward to designate a large portion of the South Side predominantly around Bronzeville as a National Heritage Area will now be signed by President Biden. The two bills H.R. 670 and S.511, which we covered in greater detail exactly a year ago as they were introduced for review by a subcommittee of the National Parks Service, received the necessary legislative votes and will now make their way to the president’s desk. The bills were introduced by US Representative Bobby Rush and Senator Dick Durbin early last year.
Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area
A bill in 2021 was introduced to create a new national heritage area in Bronzeville dedicated to its significance in the nation’s culture. The two bills H.R. 670 and S.511 are now being reviewed by a subcommittee on National Parks before being voted on by the House and senate respectively. The bills would create the Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area, becoming one of three in the state and are backed by US Representative Bobby Rush, who recently announced won’t be seeking a 16th term, and Senator Dick Durbin.