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S. 2827 (116th): African American Burial Grounds Study Act


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 20, 2020 (Passed the Senate). The bill was not enacted into law.


116th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2827

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

AN ACT

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of African American burial grounds, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the African American Burial Grounds Study Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Burial ground

The term burial ground means any natural or prepared physical location, whether originally below, on, or above the surface of the earth, into which human remains are deposited as a part of the death rite or ceremony of a culture.

(2)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service.

3.

African American burial grounds study

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall conduct a study of ways to identify, interpret, preserve, and record unmarked, previously abandoned, underserved, or other burial grounds relating to the historic African American experience.

(b)

Requirements

In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall consider—

(1)

ways to engage with descendant, local, and other communities historically associated with identified burial grounds by geography, genealogy, or culture;

(2)

appropriate processes to identify locations of unmarked and unrecorded African American burial grounds with appropriate consideration for the privacy and safety of the burial grounds;

(3)

alternatives for providing in a public database, as appropriate, the locations of, and information on, recorded and unrecorded African American burial grounds;

(4)

alternatives for commemorating and interpreting African American burial grounds; and

(5)

best practices for preserving burial ground landscapes and caring for artifacts.

(c)

Report

Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to carry out the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report describing—

(1)

the findings of the study; and

(2)

any recommendations of the Secretary.

Passed the Senate December 20, 2020.

Secretary