On Monday, President Trump announced the names of more than 200 Americans whose statues will be included in a new "National Garden of American Heroes."
"In the peace and harmony of this vast outdoor park, visitors will come and learn the amazing stories of some of the greatest Americans who have ever lived," Trump said in his executive order.
The order was issued Monday, the day set aside on federal calendars to celebrate the life's work of civil rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, will be included in the garden.
The list features military heroes, political leaders, civil rights champions, science trailblazers, sports legends, and entertainment greats. Some notable figures include:
- Explorer Christopher Columbus
- Author Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Actor Jimmy Stewart
- Abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Baseball player Roberto Clemente
- Actress Lauren Bacall
- Author Harper Lee
Trump first announced his plan for the national heroes garden in the midst of Black Lives Matter riots that targeted multiple statues and memorials of famous Americans. He said the garden would counter the "reckless attempt to erase our heroes."
But after his defeat in the November election, construction of the garden depends completely on the choice of incoming president Joe Biden and whether he will ignore, alter, or dismiss Trump's executive order. Biden has not stated a position on the issue.