An effort to create Georgia’s first National Park near Macon is getting bipartisan support as it ramps up, with legislation being introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Ocmulgee Mounds Park and Preserve Establishment Act would establish Ocmulgee Mounds and surrounding areas in Middle Georgia as a National Park and Preserve. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Reps. Austin Scott and Sanford Bishop, alongside U.S. Sens. Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock and cosponsored by 11 other members of the state’s Congressional Delegation. The Ocmulgee Mounds are of great historical significance to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, who inhabited Middle Georgia for over 12,000 years, during which they were used for meeting, living, burial, agricultural, and other purposes. Achieving National Park status would protect the Ocmulgee Corridor, open it to additional funding and make it an even more renowned tourism hotspot as the U.S.’s 64th National Park.

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