National Trust awards $ 3 million to preserve black history

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced more than $ 3 million in grants to 40 iconic sites and organizations through its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
Over the past four years, the National Trust has funded 105 historic places related to black history and invested over $ 7.3 million to help preserve landscapes and buildings steeped in life, humanity and the cultural heritage of blacks.
This year’s funds were awarded to key places and organizations that help the Action Fund protect and restore important historic sites, the Trust said.
The grants covered four categories: capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation.
Some of the beneficiaries include:
People’s AME Zion Church – built 1910-11 in Syracuse, NY and designed by Wallace Rayfield, the second licensed Black American architect in the United States, People’s AME Zion Church – the oldest African-American church structure in town – needs restoration and stabilization of its exterior.
The Hayti Heritage Center, a cultural and educational venue in Durham, North Carolina, is located in the historic St. Joseph’s AME Church, built in 1891. The grant will help repair its stained glass windows, doors and wooden benches. ‘origin.
The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission – in collaboration with the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, will document and map Green Book sites in both states, developing a template for a national site marker of the Green Paper and a digital mapping program.
National Negro Opera Company – Founded in 1941 by Mary Cardwell Dawson, the National Negro Opera Company of Pittsburgh was the first black-owned opera company in America. The funds will be used to develop a feasibility study and business plan to define programming options and forge revenue models that activate and maintain operations in offices and studios built in 1908.
Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ – Significant for its association with Mamie Till Mobley and Emmett Till as the site of Till’s funeral in 1955, the critical structural stabilization of the Chicago Church of 1922 will be discussed.
Karamu House – site of the residential apartment of poet and playwright Langston Hughes in Cleveland, also home to the country’s oldest African-American theater, and will be restored for use as short-term accommodation for emerging artists of color to be artists in residence.
Prince Hall Masonic Lodge – Part of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park, Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Atlanta is the former headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where Martin Luther King, Jr. had an office.
The lodge was also the site of a Madame CJ Walker beauty school and was home to WERD, the first African-American owned and programmed radio station. The grant will fund a preservation plan to guide the future restoration of the character and condition of the building.
With funding of $ 50 million, the action fund is the largest preservation effort ever undertaken to support the longevity of African American historic sites, according to the trust.
This year’s announcement represents the single largest disbursement in the equity fund’s four-year history.
Since its inception in 2017, the trust has raised nearly $ 30 million through senior support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation. This year, the fund nearly doubled in size when philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett unveiled a $ 20 million grant.
“The gift recognizes the power of preservation as a form of fairness and affirms the importance of black history as a life force in the American cultural landscape,” the trust said in a statement.

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Sarafina Wright – Washington News Staff Editor

Sarafina Wright is a writer at Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She is also the editor-in-chief of WI Bridge, the millennial Informer publication. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southerner, her lineage dates back to the Gullah people living in the lowlands of South Carolina. The story of the Gullah people and the Geechee dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time, she enjoys watching college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with makeup. When not writing professionally, she can be found blogging at E-mail: [email protected] Social media management: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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