The National Mall Liberty Fund DC, Inc. (Liberty Fund DC) was incorporated in the District of Columbia to secure a site in the nation's capital for a memorial to forgotten soldiers, patriots and freedom seekers of the Revolutionary War.
The National Liberty Memorial will honor --
- between 5,000 and 10,000 enslaved Americans and free persons of African descent, who volunteered to serve as soldiers and sailors during the American Revolution;
- slaves and free persons who rendered civilian assistance in the cause of Independence;
- tens of thousands of slaves who ran away to freedom;
- and men, women, and children who petitioned state courts and legislatures for liberty.
The work ahead...
President Barack Obama signed Public Law 112-239, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, on January 2, 2013. Section 2860 (b) authorizes the National Mall Liberty Fund D.C. to establish a memorial in Area I or Area II of Washington, D.C.
Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Charles Grassley (with Sens. John Kerry and Christopher Coons joining as cosponsors) introduced the amendment, which the U.S. Senate approved on December 2, 2012. The conference report cleared Congress on December 21.
Within seven years of enactment, all funds must be raised from private sources -- citizens, school children, corporations and organizations.
No Federal funds may be used for construction.