Tuskegee University to be represented in National Park Service promotion in Times Square
Tuskegee, Ala. (December 13, 2011) — More than a million people will see an iconic part of Tuskegee University’s campus daily in New York City as part of a new National Park Service campaign by Eastern National, which operates nonprofit bookstores in more than 130 national parks across the nation.
“Thanks to Eastern National and CBS, visitors to New York’s Times Square this holiday season will get a glimpse of America’s national parks and an invitation to visit,” said National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis in a news release. “Millions of Americans will have an opportunity to see amazing images of these incredible parks that they own and maybe pick one or two to visit as they mull their New Year’s resolutions.”
The “Lifting the Veil of Ignorance” statue depicting Tuskegee University founder Booker T. Washington and a slave will represent the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site.
“Since 1947, we have worked with the National Park Service to support national parks,” said Eastern National president George Minnucci. “We are delighted to be able to showcase the parks to the people in New York City and thank CBS for helping make it happen.”
Other sites featured in the 15-second spots running on the 26-foot by 20-foot JumboTron on 42nd Street in New York City are: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin), Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.), Katmai National Park and Preserve (Alaska), Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado), Cape Hatteras National Seashore (North Carolina), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona), Independence National Historical Park (Pennsylvania), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota), Arches National Park (Utah), Mount Rainier National Park (Washington), Golden Gate National Recreation Area (California), Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania), and the Statue of Liberty National Monument (New York). The clips will also run on www.eparks.com. The promotion will run in New York until mid-January 2012.
Tuskegee University is the only college or university to be designated a National Historic District by the U.S. Congress. Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site is the only National Park on an active university campus. It became a part of the National Park System in 1974.