African American landmarks affected by the government shutdown
Several historical landmarks were forced to close Tuesday due to the government shutdown.
The Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Underground Railroad and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site are all unavailable to the public.
Congress failed to agree yesterday on the debt-ceiling, a spending bill that funds the government.
In Atlanta, various sites associated with Martin Luther King’s legacy are locked up. King’s birth home, the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the visitor center and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site are all closed, though The King Center remains open. “It was very emotional to have to send employees home, without pay, not knowing when they return,” says Judy Forte, superintendent for Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, who had a meeting with her 25 staff members Tuesday to tell them to go home without pay until further notice.
The National Zoo, National parks and national museums and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are also among facilities that are closed.
One of the many ways the government shutdown is affecting the population.
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