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H.R. 5005: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a unit of the National Park System.
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5005 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 5005 directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a unit of the National Park System.

James Weldon Johnson was born in 1871 in Jacksonville, Florida. The birth home no longer exists but the lot was designated by the City of Jacksonville as the “Left Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park” in 2015. James Weldon Johnson was an accomplished statesman, educator, songwriter, author, lawyer and civil rights activist. He served as the principal of Stanton Grade School and became the first African American admitted to the Florida Bar. After moving to New York City (NYC) after the turn of the century, he began writing songs with his brother for Broadway, in addition to poetry and fiction as part of the Harlan Renaissance. Beginning in 1916, he was an organizer for the NAACP, ultimately serving as Executive Secretary. Johnson also served as the U.S. Consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua under President Roosevelt. He was the first African American professor at New York University and taught at Fisk University in Nashville. His NYC residence was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 88%
 
 
374
212
 
162
 
Nay 1%
 
 
5
5
 
0
 
Not Voting 11%
 
 
48
17
 
31
 

Passed. 2/3 Required. Jun 5, 2018 at 6:55 p.m. ET. Source: house.gov.

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