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National Park Service Announces $14 Million in Grants to Preserve African American Civil Rights

News Release Date: April 6, 2020

Contact: NewsMedia@nps.gov

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $14 million in African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Fund grants to fund 51 projects across 20 states and the District of Columbia that will preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century.

“These grants will fund important projects that document, interpret, and preserve sites that tell the stories of the African American experience in the pursuit of civil rights,” said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela, exercising the authority of the Director. “Thanks to the coordination of public and private partners, these projects will help connect Americans to historic places that preserve American history.”

Congress appropriated funding for the African American Civil Rights Grants Program in 2019 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.

“From 1923 to 1953, the Americus Colored Hospital was the only medical facility in the South where black medical professionals could practice and serve people of color. This hospital was vital to African Americans during Jim Crow and produced more trained professionals than larger cities like Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. During the Civil Rights Movement in Americus, the building became a Freedom Center and continued to serve the African American community in a new way,” said Georgia Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. “I am pleased this grant will preserve the Colored Hospital so future generations can learn about the strong civil rights history in southwest Georgia.”

“The preservation of these projects is an invaluable investment in the campuses, communities and individuals they serve,” said South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn. “I am pleased that these funds will continue to allow our communities to learn from the Civil Rights Movement and the important role that South Carolina played in making America’s greatness apply more fairly and equitably to all of its citizens.”

“This grant from the National Park Service is great news for the advancement of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot location as a site of historic importance and furthers our efforts to designate it as a National Historic Monument,” said Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis. “I look forward to seeing these funds raise awareness and understanding of the site with the general public.”

“Completed in 1918, Taborian Hall became a centerpiece of the African American community in central Arkansas and, during its heyday, showcased musical greats like Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzie Gillespie. In recent decades, Taborian Hall had fallen into disrepair and would have likely been demolished had Kerry McCoy and Friends of Dreamland not purchased it with the vision of restoring it to its former glory,” said Arkansas Congressman French Hill. “I commend the National Park Service for allocating nearly $500,000 to renovate and preserve this site and recognize its importance in the struggle for equality.”

Projects receiving grants this year will preserve resources, places, and stories like the Shepard Library at Stillman College, the Albert Kahn House in Detroit, Michigan, and the Greenwood Center buildings in Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Grant projects also include surveys across the country from Montgomery, Alabama to Muskegon, Michigan to identify lesser-known civil rights sites.

For more information about the grants and the African America Civil Rights Grant Program, please visit https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/civil-rights/. Applications for $15.5 million in FY2020 funding will be available in the fall of 2020.

Awards:

StateProjectsGranteeAward
Alabama
Birmingham
Preservation and Repair of St. Paul United Methodist ChurchSt. Paul United Methodist Church$500,000
Alabama
Birmingham
Rehabilitation of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Phase 4Sixteenth Street Baptist Church $500,000
Alabama
Birmingham
Rehabilitation of the Historic Bethel ChurchHistoric Bethel Baptist Church Community Restoration Fund$345,400
Alabama
Montgomery
Montgomery, Alabama Civil Rights Multiple Property NominationAlabama Historical Commission$50,000
Alabama
Montgomery
Freedom Rides Museum Exhibit FabricationAlabama Historical Commission$50,000
Alabama
Montgomery
Rehabilitation of Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church Memorial AnnexMount Zion Center Foundation, Inc$500,000
Alabama
Montgomery
Preservation of the Bertha Pleasant Williams LibraryMontgomery City-County Public Library$470,601
Alabama
Montgomery
Moore Building Second Floor RehabilitationAlabama Historical Commission$500,000
Alabama
Selma
Oral Histories: Selma’s Voting Rights Women Foot SoldiersHistoric Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL LegacyFoundationInc$37,000
Alabama
Selma
Critical Repairs to Tabernacle Baptist Church-Phase IHistoric Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL LegacyFoundationInc$500,000
Alabama
Talladega
Talladega College and the Civil Rights Movement: A Watershed in HistoryTalladega College$50,000
Alabama
Talladega
Foster Hall Interior RehabilitationTalladega College$500,000
Alabama
Tuscaloosa
Preservation Planning for Sheppard LibraryStillman College$50,000
Arkansas
Little Rock
Survey and Nomination of University Park Subdivision, Little Rock, ArkansasCity of Little Rock$35,000
Arkansas
Little Rock
Taborian Hall Preservation and Access ProjectFriends of Dreamland$499,723
California
Santa Ana
Summer of Civil Rights: Chronicling the Black Movement in Santa Ana, CAHeritage Museum of Orange County$24,830
District of ColumbiaBlack Power in 20th Century Washington, DC: A Context StudyDC Preservation League$50,000
District of Columbia‘Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round’ Documentary Film ProjectWomen in Film & Video, Inc.$50,000
Florida
Miami
Survey of the African American Brownsville Sub-division, Miami, FLDade Heritage Trust, Inc.$50,000
Florida
Yulee
Historic Structure Report for Evans’ RendezvousNassau County Board of County Commissioners$28,180
Georgia
Americus
Rehabilitation of the Americus Colored Hospital Phase 2Americus-Sumter County Movement Remembered Committee, Inc$499,697
Georgia
Atlanta
Stayed on Freedom: Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement at Spelman CollegeSpelman College$50,000
Georgia
Atlanta
Restoration of the Historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church- Phase 3Ralph David Abernathy III Foundation, Inc.$499,980
Georgia
Atlanta
Rehabilitation of Fountain (Stone) HallMorris Brown College$500,000
Georgia
Fort Oglethorpe
Oral History of African American WAC Battalion at Fort OglethorpeFriends of the 6th Cavalry Museum Inc$28,578
Illinois
Springfield
1908 Springfield, IL Race Riot Augmented Reality ApLooking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition$50,000
Kentucky
Louisville
Quinn Chapel AME Church Masonry StabilizationLouisville Jefferson County Metropolitan Government$500,000
Louisiana
New Orleans
McDonogh 19 Historic Cafeteria, Lower 9th Ward, New OrleansLeona Tate Foundation for Change, Inc.$500,000
Massachusetts
Great Barrington
Interpretive Exhibit Design for the Historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington, MA.Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Inc.$50,000
Michigan
Detroit
Restoration of the Detroit Urban League Headquarters / Albert Kahn HouseUrban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan$500,000
Michigan
Detroit
Rehabilitation of the Grandstands of Historic Hamtramck StadiumCharter County of Wayne, Michigan$490,729
Michigan
Lansing
Muskegon County Historic Resource SurveyMichigan Strategic Fund$50,000
North Carolina
Charlotte
A Virtual Sense of Place: Critical Black Urbanism in Charlotte, NCJohnson C. Smith University$35,000
North Carolina
Oxford
Rehabilitation of Mary Potter School Shop Building 76-CNational Mary Potter Club, Inc.$500,000
North Carolina
Raleigh
The Untold Stories of the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Places of Northeastern North Carolina: A Research StudyNC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources$50,000
North Carolina
Raleigh
Rehabilitation of the Benbury-Frinks HouseNC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources$241,940
North Carolina
Salisbury
Preservation of Historic Monroe Street SchoolLivingstone College$500,000
New Jersey
Burlington City
William R. Allen School RehabilitationCity of Burlington$500,000
New Jersey
Cape May City
Rehabilitation of the Franklin Street SchoolCity of Cape May$500,000
New York
Buffalo
Michigan Street Baptist Church Protection and RehabilitationBuffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition, Inc.$204,845
Ohio
Cincinnati
Union Baptist Cemetery Historic Preservation ProjectThe Union Foundation$400,000
Ohio
Dayton
Adaptive Use of Summit Street Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)Early Visions$500,000
Oklahoma
Tulsa
Rehabilitation of the Greenwood Center Buildings in historic “Black Wall Street” Tulsa, OKGreenwood Community Development Corporation$500,000
South Carolina
Columbia
John Henry McCray and the Role of the Black Press in the Civil Rights MovementAllen University$43,897
South Carolina
Columbia
Booker T. Washington High School Auditorium Building Preservation ProjectUniversity of South Carolina$500,000
South Carolina
Columbia
Starks Center Rehabilitation ProjectBenedict College$500,000
South Dakota
Sturgis
The Green Siblings Project: Oral Histories of the Little Rock Nine SiblingsBlack Hills Special Services Cooperative$25,000
Texas
Dallas
Fair Park Hall of Negro Life Research and Discovery ProjectCity of Dallas$50,000
Virginia
Charlottesville
Rehabilitation of First Baptist ChurchVirginia Department of Historic Resources$240,000
West Virginia
Barboursville
Historic Memphis Tennessee Garrison House Rehabilitation ProjectThe Carter G Woodson Memorial Foundation, Inc.$146,100
West Virginia
Charles Town
Preservation & Restoration of the First Free Black School and Star Lodge No. 1City of Charles Town, West Virginia$118,500
21 States51 projects$14,065,000

 

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