Black history sites get $1.6 million in grants

The campaign will be the largest ever to focus on preserving Black history in America. The African American…
Black history sites

The campaign will be the largest ever to focus on preserving Black history in America.

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is aiming to “tell the full story” of Black history sites and the importance of these places to “the fabric of American society.”

This campaign, run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will see $25 million go to preserving “the places where African American history happened.”

Our mission: to draw attention to the remarkable stories that evoke centuries of African American activism and achievement, and to tell our nation’s full history.

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

These locations and the stories that go along with them have often been overlooked. Brent Leggs, the executive director of the campaign, says that they will preserve these sites “through the lens of Black humanity and identity.”

The campaign will not just protect the past. It will also explore equity issues and help the present and the future:

We continue work on key preservation efforts, including conducting research exploring the impact that preservation has on contemporary urban issues that disproportionately affect communities of color—equity, displacement, and affordability.

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

In addition, the Action Fund is working to empower young people through its Hope Crew.

The 27 sites that are getting grants will use the grants for restoration, hiring staff, and funding events. The grants each value between $50,000 and $150,000. Altogether, 2020’s grants amount to $1.6 million.

Grant recipients include the Paul Robseon House and Museum, the Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network, the Historic Veron Chapel AME Chuch, and the Historic McDonough 19 Principal’s Office, among many others.

Black history site McDonough Public School
Historic McDonough 19 School. (Leona Tate Foundation for Change/African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund)

See the full list of grant recipients on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website.

Article source: NPR

Featured image source: Mays Lick Community Development Board/African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

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