President Barack Obama named Chicago’s Pullman Park District a national monument at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy Thursday.
The historic district is home of the Pullman Palace Car Company, the location of the 1894 Pullman Strike and training grounds for what would become the civil right’s movement.
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“That’s not just the story of a movement, that’s the story of America. Because in America we believe that workers’ rights are civil rights,” Obama said. “They are rights given by God as undeniable and worth protecting as the Grand Canyon and the Great Smoky Mountains.”
Obama also named a former World War II internment camp in Hawaii and Browns Canyon in Colorado, a section of rapids along the Arkansas River, national monuments.
The President has designated 15 national monuments since he took office in 2009.