Ken Salazar Wants More Landmarks for Minorities

Monday, February 27, 2012

There are thousands of national landmarks in the United States. But less than 3 percent of them are dedicated to members of minority groups, such as Latinos and women. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior and former senator from Colorado, believes more monuments should be created to honor the nation's diversity of heroes. Ken Salazar explains what the department does and how it can be instrumental in being the custodian of America's history.


Ken Salazar

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Joe Hernandez

Comments [6]

What a great idea! I have a suggestions - first, the Hoosac Tunnel through Mt. Greylock. This represents an engineering feat as it was the first time a tunnel was dug by going in from each end and meeting in the middle. There's a great state historic site at North Adams, MA.

Mary Rowlandson is worthy of a memorial; she was captured from Lancaster MA during King Philip's War. Not only did she live to tell about it, she wrote a book that was a best seller in 1682.

Speaking of authors, both Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley deserve to be commemorated, in Ipswich and Boston respectively.

Mary Baker Eddy founded Christian Science after a fall in Lynn MA; there are two houses there in which she once lived. The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist is in Boston.

The Isaac Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford would be a fitting site to commemorate the many slaves who lived and worked there - and are so often overlooked by those who don't realize that slavery was prevalent in the North even after the Revolutionary War.

Feb. 27 2012 12:09 PM

"Our first eight Presidents were slave owners"
That lecture in history may be news to the biographers of John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams who defended the Amistad prisoners.
The seventh President Andrew Jackson was the father of the Democratic Party which fiercely supported slavery and then segregation for a century. Should that political history be reflected in national landmarks and if not, why not?

Some seem more keen on exploring the shameful flaws of the nation but ignore the shameful flaws of their political party which instigated much of that national shame including Japanese internment.

Feb. 27 2012 10:47 AM
Carol from New York City

I would suggest that the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory site in lower Manhattan could be a historical national landmark. In 1911 many women garment workers died in a fire under miserable and unsafe conditions, helping to ignite the labor movement.

Feb. 27 2012 08:53 AM
carl, queens, n.y.

ralph nader, because of the countless lives saved throughout the world, thanks to his auto safety advocacy ... and if you don't see him as a minority, just look at his presidencial results...

Feb. 27 2012 08:30 AM
Philip Thornton from Beverly, Massachusetts

Answering the invitation to post a suggestion for a national landmark: Peter Woodbury's stables in Beverly, Massachusetts. Around 1692. Yes, another caucasian male, but all Americans would hold him up as an inspiration to future generations. During the Salem witch hysteria, Woodbury spread the word to his neighbors that he kept a horse saddled and ready to ride at all times. If they were ever accused by the Salem courts, Woodbury invited them to take his horse and flee. Remember, people were being hung as witches on no more evidence than a teenager's dreams about them, and he was willing to say "the people with the power are wrong." Power to the people.

Feb. 27 2012 08:05 AM
Bonnie Hurd Smith from Ipswich, MA

Fantastic!!! He deserves our full support!!! The public process involved in creating works of public art brings communities together in wonderful ways -- citizens, schools, businesses, nonprofits, local media -- EVERYONE participates, and lasting relationships develop as a result. Statues, monuments, etc. honoring key figures are also very effective teaching tools. We all need to back alternative ways of teaching history, because our public schools aren't doing it. Not teachers' fault, but the "teach to the test" nonsense that this country has adopted. So, let's have a massive, nationwide movement to create more works of public art that honor us all!!! Well done, National Park Service!

Feb. 27 2012 07:40 AM

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