Southern Preservation: National Park Service Announces $12.2 Million in Grants to Preserve African American Civil Rights History

Looking for a place to support or visit this year? The National Park Service announced $12.2 Million in Grants to Preserve African American Civil Rights History with 8 southern states receiving grants. These areas are a perfect place to travel and support this fall and holiday season either through a visit or a donation.

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WASHINGTON – The National Park Service today announced $12.259 million in African American Civil Rights grants to fund 44 projects across 17 states that will preserve and highlight stories related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century.

“Through the work and engagement of public and private partners, these grants will preserve a defining part of our nation’s diverse history,” National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said. “By working with underrepresented communities to preserve their historic places and stories, we will help tell a more complete narrative of the African American experience in the pursuit of civil rights.”

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Congress appropriated funding for the African American Civil Rights Grants Program in 2018 through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars. Grant-supported projects include surveys and documentation, interpretation and education, oral histories, architectural services, historic structure reports, planning, and physical preservation.

Projects receiving grants this year will preserve resources, places, and stories like the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; the African American Women’s Suffrage experience in Mount Vernon, New York; and the rehabilitation of the Juanita Craft Civil Rights House and Memorial Garden in Dallas, Texas. Grant projects also include surveys to identify lesser-known civil rights sites associated with Connecticut’s Southern Students Work Projects, the March on Frankfort, Kentucky, and an African American Civil Rights Trail in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Edmund Pettus Bridge: Historic Structures Report Auburn University
Rehabilitation of St. Paul United Methodist Church St. Paul United Methodist Church
Alabama-BirminghamPreservation and Rehabilitation of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church: Phase 3 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
AlabamaBirminghamRehabilitation of the Historic Bethel Church Parsonage Historic Bethel Baptist Church Community Restoration Fund 
AlabamaMarionStabilization and Roof Replacement of the Historic Lincoln Normal School Gymnasium: Phase 1 Lincolnite Club, Inc.
AlabamaMontgomeryRehabilitation of the Historic Moore Building: Phase 2 Alabama Historical Commission
AlabamaMontgomeryFreedom Rides Museum Exhibit Plan Alabama Historical Commission
AlabamaSelmaRehabilitation of the Amelia Boynton Residence Gateway Educational Foundation, Inc. & Brown Chapel AME Church 
AlabamaSelmaPreservation of Historic Brown Chapel: Phase 3Brown Chapel AME Historical Preservation Foundation 
AlabamaSelmaOral Histories of the Untold Tabernacle Story Tabernacle Baptist Church – Selma, AL Legacy Foundation, Inc. 
AlabamaSelmaTabernacle Baptist Church: Historic Structure Report and Stained Glass Assessment Tabernacle Baptist Church –Legacy Foundation, Inc.
AlabamaTuskegeeTISEP/TICEP: History and Impact Tuskegee University
ArkansasLittle RockRehabilitation of Central High School: Phase 3 Little Rock School District
KentuckyFrankfortMarch on Frankfort: Oral History Project City on Frankfort
FloridaSt. AugustinePreservation of Excelsior High School BuildingFriends of Lincolnville, Inc.
GeorgiaAmericus Rehabilitation of the Americus Colored HospitalAmericus-Sumter County Movement Remembered
GeorgiaAtlantaFountain (Stone) Hall Rehabilitation Project Morris Brown College
LouisianaNew OrleansNew Orleans African American Civil Rights Movement Traveling Exhibition Kemper and Leila Williams Foundation, Inc.
LouisianaShreveportRehabilitation of Old Galilee Missionary Baptist Church City of Shreveport
North CarolinaCharlotteFreedom Fighters of the West End: Research and Interpretation of Charlotte’s Historic West End Civil Rights Activists Johnson C. Smith University
North CarolinaElizabeth City Restoration of the Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Center Elizabeth City State University
North CarolinaFayettevilleInterpreting the Historical Significance of the Briggs v. Elliot (1952) Case in the African American Civil Rights Movement Scotts Branch High Alumni Association, Inc.
North CarolinaRaleighRehabilitation of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown State Historic Site North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
North CarolinaRaleighRestoration of Southern Railway Car No. 1211, a Jim Crow era segregated car North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
South CarolinaCharlestonRehabilitation of the Pine Tree Hotel on Mosquito Beach, James Island Historic Charleston Foundation
South CarolinaColumbia “Justice for All” Exhibit: Connecting South Carolina’s Involvement in Demanding Justice for African American Rights Throughout the Civil Rights Movement University of South Carolina
South CarolinaColumbiaReinterpretation of the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House in Columbia Historic Columbia Foundation
South CarolinaOrangeburgRehabilitation of the Historic Trinity United Methodist Church: Phase 2 Trinity United Methodist Church
South CarolinaSt. Helena IslandOral history project to collect 30 civil rights histories of key civil rights workers who were with King at Penn Center between 1963-1967 Penn Center, Inc.
TexasDallasRehabilitation of the Juanita Craft Civil Rights House and Memorial Garden City of Dallas
TexasMarshallClassroom Culture in the Ark-La-Tex: Locating, Tecording, and Publicizing the African-American Civil Rights Stories of Ark-La-Tex Bishop Blue
VirginiaGordonsville Rehabilitation of St. John Rosenwald SchoolSt. John Family Life and Fitness Center, Inc.
VirginiaHamptonRehabilitation of the Thomas C. Walker House Hampton University
VirginiaLynchburgRehabilitation of the Mary Jane Cachelin Science and Library Building Virginia University of Lynchburg
VirginiaLynchburg Rehabilitation of Graham HallVirginia University of Lynchburg
VirginiaRichmondRehabilitation of Third Street Bethel AME Church, Richmond: Phase 3 Virginia Department of Historic Resources
VirginiaRichmondRestoration of Virginia Union University’s Belgian Building for its Associations with the African American Civil Rights Movement Virginia Union University
West VirginiaHuntingtonCivil Rights Era Stories of African Americans in Appalachia Marshall University Research Cooperation

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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