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Congress Votes to Rename Atchison Post Office After Amelia Earhart

Famous aviator Amelia Earhart grew up in Atchison. She and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to fly around the world.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2040, the Amelia Earhart U.S. Post Office Act which renames Amelia Earhart’s hometown post office in Atchison, Kansas, in her honor. This legislation was originally introduced in November 2017 by Kansas Congresswoman Jenkins and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.

“Amelia Earhart was one of the great pioneers of our nation, whose story began at home in Atchison,” said Senator Roberts. “She is an inspiration to all aviators and a role model to women around the world. Renaming this post office is one more way to honor her incredible legacy. I am pleased this bill passed the house.” 

Congresswoman Jenkins said, "Although she was tragically lost at sea while attempting a flight around the world, Amelia Earhart’s legacy still soars today. Growing up in Kansas, Amelia Earhart’s courageous actions inspired me, and many others, to dream big and accomplish lofty goals. March is Women’s History Month, and it seems fitting that we are able to rename her hometown post office in her honor, to continue her legacy and inspire future generations."

The legislation now goes to the President to be signed into law.

 

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