November 1, 2011
Fort Monroe was declared #396 US Park Unit under the Antiquities Act by President Barack Obama on Tuesday November 1, 2011 @ 1:45 in the afternoon. this the first time President Obama has used this act. Also only 14 presidents since 1906 has used the Antiquities Act to preserve some of the greats assets like Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon.
Fort Monroe dates all the way back to 1619 of a place where Dutch traders would bring enslaved Africans to be bought and sold, and during the civil war a place of refuge for escaped slaves.
President Obama had said this new national park will help create 3,000 jobs in Virgina and be the 22nd National Park in the state of Virgina. for which it will save about 570 acres of the site for future generations to come.
The White House Office of the Press Secretary Press Release November 01, 2011