The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and Maryland Historical Trust honored the start of Black History Month by announcing the recipients of state grants that support African American heritage sites.
Maryland awarded grants to twelve sites totaling nearly $1 million. The individual grants range in value from $12,250 to $100,000. These grants, which are part of the state’s African American Heritage Preservation Program, support efforts to acquire or preserve sites of African American heritage.
In a press release Governor Larry Hogan said, “Our administration is pleased to provide funding that will improve and preserve sites that promote African American heritage in Maryland. It is essential that we recognize and understand the history of these sites and their significance in the African American experience in our state and our nation.”
The recipients include the Warren Historic Site, the only historic post-Emancipation Black community in Maryland to retain its church, school, and lodge, and the Fruitland Community Center. The full list of recipients can be viewed here.