Kobe Bryant and Whitney Houston join a list of artists, scientists, athletes and musicians, who will be included in the upcoming National Garden of American Heroes announced Monday in an executive order by President Donald Trump.
“The National Garden will feature a roll call of heroes who deserve honor, recognition, and lasting tribute because of the battles they won, the ideas they championed, the diseases they cured, the lives they saved, the heights they achieved, and the hope they passed down to all of us,” the White House said in a press release.
Also included will be Muhammad Ali, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson.
“Each individual has been chosen for embodying the American spirit of daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love. Astounding the world by the sheer power of their example, each one of them has contributed indispensably to America’s noble history, the best chapters of which are still to come,” the executive order stated.
The National Garden will be composed of statues of 244 historical figures who contributed greatly to the country’s history, dating back to centuries even before the American Revolutionary War.
A location for the garden has not yet been established.
The first mention of the National Garden of American Heroes by Trump was last year during a Fourth of July weekend speech at Mount Rushmore.
At the time, he described the concept as “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans who ever lived,” according to local station WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland.