first_imgVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Tuesday is expected to transfer the state’s portion of the property that makes up Fort Monroe National Monument to the National Park Service.The transfer will include 112 acres of the North Beach area on the historic post, located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Parade Grounds, Old Quarters 1, Lee’s Quarters and Engineer’s Quarters, reported the Daily Press. The properties are a portion of the entire monument which was established by President Obama four years ago. The monument includes parts of the moat, stone casemate, parade grounds inside the moat and a 235-acre swath of the North Beach area.“The city is happy to see the formal and legal actions finalized that have been agreed to by all parties, and we are excited to see the official park service ownership of the historic parade ground and key buildings,” said Hampton Mayor George Wallace.The Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service have been collaborating to ensure a seamless transition of the property. An area known as Dog Beach may not transfer to the park service in the near term as the Army addresses ground contamination there.Separately, the park service has completed the foundation document that will guide the agency’s operation and interpretation of the site. The role of slavery — from its origins to its end — will be a key theme of the monument, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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