Maryland Historical Trust Announces African American Preservation Grant Recipients

The Maryland Historical Trust announced earlier this month the recipients of its 2021 African American Historic Preservation Program grants.

The grant program, administered along with the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, is aimed at promoting the preservation of the state’s African American heritage sites. In the ten years since the program was launched, the Historical Trust has awarded $10 million total in funding to 128 different projects.

This year the program gave grants to thirteen projects across Maryland. Baltimore’s African American Fire Fighters Historical Society received $100,000 to purchase the historic firehouse Truck House #5, which will be turned into the International Black Fire Fighters Museum & Safety Education Center. Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center was awarded $20,000 to support renovations that include affordable housing space for Black artists.  The Kennedy Farmhouse, also known as the John Brown Raid Headquarters, received $99,000 to repair the timber and chinking of the farmhouse.

A full list of the 2021 recipients can be seen on the Maryland Historic Trust’s blog.