The Flushing Remonstrance was a petition delivered to the Dutch governor of New York requesting the right for Quakers to practice their religion without being persecuted by government authorities. This petition was considered one of the most important precedents for establishing freedom of religion as a tenet in the Bill of Rights.
Several buildings in the area of Flushing played significant roles in the events leading up to the petition. The most important among them was the John Bowne House in Queens, which is named after a Dutch citizen who allowed Quakers to use his house as a space for worship, for which he was eventually arrested.
This bill would launch a study to determine how feasible it is to designate historic resources like the John Bowne House as part of the National Park System, and whether they qualify as National Historic Landmarks. This would involve:
- Estimating the historical value of the Flushing area and identifying properties that are eligible for status as Historic Landmarks.
- Weighing the suitability of these the area as potential units in the National Park System.
- Determining the impact that National Historic Landmark status would have on the local economy.
- Identifying the legal justification for the Secretary to participate in local land-use decisions in Flushing, like changing the zoning of buildings or creating regulations for parcels of land that are joined with the National Park System.