National Trust Awards Grants to Protect Black History Sites

Four years ago the National Trust for Historic Preservation launched its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund with the goal of preserving sites that represent Black activism, achievement, and resilience. This year, the National Trust has awarded more than $3 million in grants through this program.

The $3 million in grants will be distributed to forty sites and organizations across the country. Grants are given across four categories: capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation.

This year’s recipients include six organizations and historic sites in the Mid-Atlantic region. In New York state, Save Harlem Now! and the People’s AME Zion Church in Syracuse received grants. Three sites in Pennsylvania were awarded funding: the National Marian Anderson Historical Society and Museum, New Granada Theater, and the National Negro Opera Company. Finally, the Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington DC was given funds that will help repair the church’s wooden windows and Bell Tower masonry.

More information on these recipients and a full list of awardees can be seen here.