There are more than ten national parks on the border with another country or within the borderlands between two countries. Some of these parks articulate the boundaries of the United States, some do not. All of these parks at the margins of the United States (and beyond), nominally for the enjoyment and public access of all, are active in constructing racialized citizenship and belonging across space for certain bodies.
The three national parks in this exhibit are Big Bend National Park (on the United States border with Mexico), Glacier National Park (on the border with Canada), and the National Park of American Samoa (on the border with Samoa in international waters). They each construct different borders differently, but together they exemplify how the National Parks Service is enlisted in the project of differentiation and across boundaries of nation-state and race.