Monument to Honor Fair Housing Considered in D.C.

November 1, 2011

A monument to honor the Fair Housing movement and the historic struggles against discrimination in housing has taken a step forward in possibly getting its place in the nation’s capital.  

Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., recently introduced the Fair Housing Memorial Authorization Act, which would grant the Fair Housing Commemorative Foundation—which was established by the National Association of REALTORS®—to build the monument. The Fair Housing monument bill joins a list of several other bills authorizing memorials that await approval.  

NAR would like to house the monument in a park near its Washington, D.C., offices, 500 New Jersey Ave., NW. 

“This may be the first time that a sector of our economy has decided to establish a memorial commemorating a movement that led to the enactment of statutes that regulate some of its practices,” Norton said when introducing the bill.

Source: “Memorial Sought to Honor Struggle for Fair Housing,” Washington Examiner (Oct. 30, 2011)

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