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Celebrating History That Is “Right Here”

Freiman and Murphy Bill Aiming to Mark Historical Sites, Encourage In-state Tourism
Among New Jersey Residents, Clears Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – New Jersey residents do not necessarily need to travel far to view historical sites, learn about diverse cultures, and glean information on history-making individuals. Instead, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Roy Freiman and Assemblywoman Carol Murphy designed to familiarize residents with the plethora of history right here in the Garden State, cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday, advancing out of the Assembly Gaming, Tourism and the Arts Committee.

“Too often, our residents think they need to spend large amounts of money and time for historical excursions and trips,” said Freiman (D-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “The purpose of this bill is to help them realize they can enjoy similar experiences without leaving their home state.”

To help residents become more aware of the people, places and events that have contributed to New Jersey’s rich legacy, the bill (A-4519) calls for the Division of Travel and Tourism to identify a series of state historical sites and memorials to be included in the New Jersey Historical Markers Trail.

“Including these historical sites in the New Jersey Markers Trail will help residents become more familiar with our State’s unique history,” said Murphy (D-Burlington). “It would also increase state pride, attract tourists and preserve our historical resources.”

As part of the bill, the New Jersey Historical Markers Trail would highlight all eras and cultures, as well as geographical representation from the entire state. Another feature is an interactive website allowing the public to recommend sites and memorials for the trail.

The bill was initially introduced in October and now awaits further consideration from the Assembly.