Latest National Park Service News

Lincoln birthplace plans to renovate historic building

Jul. 30, 2020 2:50 AM EDT

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park plans to begin renovations on a historic building next week, officials said. The Knob Creek Tavern Rehabilitation Project includes installing new interpretive exhibits in the facility, which will reopen as a visitor's center, a...

Workers inspect the top cornice stone as it is lifted from the Shaw 54th Regiment memorial opposite the Statehouse, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Boston. Amid the national reckoning on racism, the memorial to the first Black regiment of the Union Army, the Civil War unit popularized in the movie

Black soldiers monument faces scrutiny amid racial reckoning

Jul. 27, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The white Union Army commander sits rigid atop an imposing horse. His Black men, rifles to their shoulders, march resolutely alongside on their way to battle. For L’Merchie Frazier, the towering bronze relief in downtown Boston captures the stirring call to arms answered by Black...

Boat tours of Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial to resume

Jul. 8, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor will resume this week, the National Park Service said. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial will open for limited boat tours to the USS Arizona on Friday, the park service said in a statement Wednesday. The USS Arizona sank...

Body of Phoenix woman recovered in Grand Canyon

Jul. 5, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Officials have recovered the body of a 59-year-old woman in the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center said Saturday the body of Maria A. Salgado Lopez, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was found Friday after she fell from the rim west of Mather Point....

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2002, file photo, the sun rises on Mt. Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D. as the flag is flown at half staff in honor of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial Friday, July 3, 2020, before the first fireworks show there in years, he'll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won't be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Public health experts say the lack of social distancing and enforced mask wearing could lead to a surge in the disease, while the fireworks risk setting the surrounding forest ablaze.(AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

Trump at Rushmore: Jets and fireworks, but masks optional

Jul. 1, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial before the first fireworks show there in years, he’ll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won't be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Friday...

2 California national parks removing Robert E. Lee mentions

Jun. 23, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two national parks in California are removing all mention of Robert E. Lee from informational material even though several majestic sequoias are named for the Confederate general. Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks are removing references to Lee from exhibits, printed and online material as...

FILE - This Sunday, June 7, 2020 file photo shows visitors, left, and members of the U.S. Park Police, right, at the Lincoln Memorial as sunrise nears in Washington, the morning after massive protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. On Friday, June 12, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a manipulated photo circulating online depicting the statue of Abraham Lincoln covered in graffiti and “BLACK + BROWN LIVES MATTER” written on the wall. The Lincoln statue and surrounding monument were not vandalized during recent protests, according to a spokesman for the National Mall and Memorial Parks, although some graffiti was left at the steps leading up to the monument. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 12, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., vandalized, the...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, June 10, 2020, a damaged Christopher Columbus statue stands in a waterfront park near the city's traditionally Italian North End neighborhood, in Boston, USA., after the statue was found beheaded Wednesday morning. Statues of the 15th-century explorer and the Spanish conquistadors who followed him and colonized much of the Americas have not become targets for demonstrators in Spain and USA. The death of George Floyd at the hands of police and Minneapolis, USA, has sparked a re-examination of injustices and inequalities in the fabric of many societies, often symbolized in statues of historical figures have become the focus of protest around the world. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FILE)

The Latest: Columbus statue taken down in Camden, New Jersey

Jun. 12, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Columbus statue taken down in Camden, New Jersey — Kentucky bans use of ‘no knock’ warrnts, names ordinance after Breonna Taylor — Georgia man facing upgraded charges for ramming his ATV into an Atlanta policeman during a protest. — Group of Minneapolis...

In this June 1, 2020, photo, police stand in smoke as they clear the area Lafayette Park as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, near the White House in Washington. The Trump administration’s use of smoke bombs and pepper balls to rout civil rights demonstrators from Lafayette Park near the White House has added a new chapter to the site’s storied history as a soapbox for social and political unrest.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lafayette Park near White House: A soapbox for social unrest

Jun. 11, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's use of smoke bombs and pepper balls to rout civil rights demonstrators from Lafayette Park near the White House has emboldened protesters and added a new chapter to the site's storied history as soapbox for social and political unrest. “Gas us. Shoot us....

Sister Mamie reposts signs that were removed form the Lafayette Park parameter fence at the site of protests, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, near the White House in Washington. The protests began over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Volunteers, Smithsonian want to save White House protest art

Jun. 11, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost as soon as the towering black fencing was erected last week to seal off Lafayette Park, the barrier became an art gallery and a sounding board for the demonstrators protesting years of black deaths at the hands of police officers. Now, with much of the temporary fencing around the...