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Senator Proposes Bill to Make Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie a National Park

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | September 12, 2016

Senator Proposes Bill to Make Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie a National Park

Photo: Fort Sumter, Charleston, SC (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

United States Senator Tim Scott has proposed a new bill that would make Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie in South Carolina the country’s 60th national park.

According to The Associated Press, Scott wants to create the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park—the second national park in South Carolina—to celebrate the history of both historic wartime sites.

Fort Sumter was the site where Confederate guns attacked Union soldiers to start the civil war, and Fort Moultrie was where American patriots turned away the British fleet just days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie are already considered national monuments, but a national park designation would help the area draw in more tourists to the sites, which currently host an estimated one million visitors a year.

“What we hope to do is bring more attention,” Sen. Scott said in a statement. “People know the first shots of the Civil War but they don't necessarily know the history dating back to the first years of our country and the significance Fort Moultrie played.”

Sen. Scott’s attempt to transform Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie from national monuments to a national park is not the first. In 2002, late Sen. Strom Thurmond introduced a similar bill, but it never made it past committee.

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