Last week, Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo, San Francisco), had the Preservation of Servitude, Emancipation, and Post-Civil War Reconstruction Act passed in the House.
His press release can be found here.
I agree with Rep. Lantos in what he shared with the Speaker of the House when he said,
The federal and local records covered by this legislation are not only of personal importance to the families involved, Mr. Speaker: They are also historically significant to us all. They document the reuniting of our nation and the historic moment of transition for slaves from the status of property to citizens, a time when our country finally began to right a horrible moral wrong. We need to take the process another step now, by ensuring that those records and the lessons they hold are preserved for all eternity.
Thank you, Rep. Lantos.