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President Trump is accompanied by Alveda King, niece of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. as he arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., Monday. Trump signed a bill expanding the Martin Luther King national historical site before attending college football’s national championship game in Atlanta.(Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP)

WASHINGTON President Trump signed a bill Monday to expand the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthplace in Atlanta into a national historical parkthe first such park inGeorgia.

Trump signed Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017 aboard Air Force One after touching down in Marietta, Ga., to attend the college football national championship game between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Alveda King,niece of the slain civil rights leader, joined Trump for a small, privatebill-signing ceremony aboard Air Force One.

“Through his life and work, Dr. Martin Luther KingJr. made America more just and free,” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard the plane. “This important historical park tells his story, and this bill will help ensure that the park continues to tell Dr. Kings story for generations to come.”

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The national historical site in Atlanta already includes King’s birthplace, the church where he was baptized, and his burial place. The legislation Trump signed Monday upgrades the designation to a national historical park, and expands the boundaries to includethePrince Hall Masonic Temple.

The temple served as the headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights group King co-founded.

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The bill was sponsored by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who said the change would significantly improve the way the National Park Service preserves, sharesand presents King’s legacy to visitors.

The nation will celebrate a federal holiday named for King on Monday.

Earlier Monday, Trump signed a related bill, the African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017, which requires the National Park Service to link various historical sites related to the civil rights movement.

He also signed the400 Years of African-American History Commission Act to commemorate the arrival of the first Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Va., in 1619.

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