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Congress to consider legislation expanding Rosie the Riveter historic park

Legislation that would expand the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond has been introduced in the U.S. Congress.

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek, introduced the Rosie the Riveter National Historic Site Expansion Act (HR 7585), which would add Nystrom Elementary School to the park.

Companion legislation is being introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein.

DeSaulnier said:

“Richmond and West Contra Costa played a pivotal role in our nation’s efforts in World War II. We owe it to the families who helped write that history to share their stories. By expanding this culturally significant site, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the Nystrom School, which was built to teach the children of shipyard workers.”

Nystrom Elementary was part of a planned development that includes the historic Maritime Child Development Center, already preserved as part of the park, and the Nystrom Housing Area, which the city of Richmond has slated for future preservation and redevelopment.

Harris said in a statement:

“I’m proud to join Rep. DeSaulnier on this legislation to expand the Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park to include the Nystrom School — this will allow visitors to learn more about the history of the Richmond shipyards and the families who lived and worked there to support the war effort in World War II.”

Feinstein said in a statement:

“It’s important that we remember the sacrifices made by all Americans during World War II. Nystrom Elementary School was built to accommodate the influx of families moving to Richmond to work at the shipyards. Preserving it as part of the historic park will help tell the story of the war effort.”

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