Legacies of Enslavement and Race in NCA Parks: About this Project

Why This Matters

Before you explore the series of pages associated with this project, you should understand the “why.” The Legacies Workgroup’s why helps you uncover the resources that are available and how you can apply these tools. It is fundamental to your understanding of our role as National Park Service employees that you explore the history and legacies of enslavement and race. We are all connected to people and places. As leaders in the field, to lead without this understanding is fraught with challenges.

The NPS mission is to preserve and protect for future generations. To realize this purpose, it is necessary that you engage in conversations. The dialogues need to be with your team, community, stakeholders, descendants of people connected to our parks/park stories, and partners. In this process we can discover, uncover, and recover much about ourselves and the history of the resources we manage. We can support and reaffirm the importance of our work as National Park Service employees. It will enable us to connect with all park audiences more effectively and more accurately share our collective history.

We believe these conversations are necessary, although the depth of the conversations may not be easy. Things of great importance usually are not easy. We have attempted to provide an environment and resources for you to be equipped for this endeavor. These pages are a place to learn, to grow, to find support, and to be encouraged.

Tara Morrison, Superintendent, National Capital Parks East and
Charles Cuvelier, Superintendent, George Washington Memorial Parkway


A key feature of the rubric and our framing around this conversation are four touchstones. They are fundamental to how we have organized our content.

  • Organizational Investment
  • Staff and Volunteer Recruitment, Training, Assessment, and Mentoring
  • Research and Program Development
  • Community and Stakeholder Involvement

Training resources associated with the four touchstones:

  1. Organizational Investment (under development)
  2. Staff and Volunteer Recruitment, Training, Assessment, and Mentoring
  3. Research and Program Development
  4. Community and Stakeholder Involvement

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