H.R. 1501, Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument Preservation Act

H.R. 1501

Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument Preservation Act

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

April 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Monday, April 28, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 1501, the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument Preservation Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 1501 was introduced on April 11, 2013 by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill was marked up on March 13, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.[1]

[1] Committee Report 113-392.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1501 directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument in Brooklyn to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating it as part of the National Park System (NPS).  The bill requires that the study, in part, consider the cost of administering the site and the impact a NPS designation would have on existing commercial and recreational activities.


New units generally are added to the NPS system by an act of Congress, though national monuments may be added by Presidential proclamation.[1]  Legislation making a NPS designation may be preceded by legislation directing a study of the site’s significance and the feasibility of adding it to the NPS system.[2]

The Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument, located in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, was dedicated in 1908 as “a memorial to the more than 11,500 American prisoners of war who died in captivity aboard 16 British prison ships during the American Revolutionary War.”[3]  The granite monument displays a column that rises 149 feet in height.[4]

[1] Carol Hardy Vincent, National Park System: Establishing New Units, Congressional Research Service (Mar. 26, 2014) at 2.
[2] Id. at 5.
[3] Committee Report at 2.
[4] Id.


According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 1501 would cost approximately $150,000.  The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

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