The African American Cultural Heritage Fund Is Granting $3 Million to These 33 Historic Sites

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Photo credit: Eli Pousson/Flickr

Some aspects of modern living and “progress” are great. Running water, for instance. The internet, which makes business (and finding the answer to any question you could dream of!) so much easier than it was a century ago. Or airplanes that can jet us away to one of the 17 most beautiful hotels on the planet.

As fantastic as many aspects of the future can be, we have a lot to learn from the past. And thanks to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), 33 of our country’s most impactful places now have an extra $3 million to ensure they are protected and remain in fine form to keep telling their vital stories about African American complexity, resilience, activism and achievement.

Photo credit: Buffalo Soldier National Museum
Photo credit: Buffalo Soldier National Museum

First launched in 2017, the Action Fund has supported 160 locations through its National Grant Program. Today, they announced the year five recipients, which will share $3 million in grant funding for restoration, conservation and more.

"The cultural landscapes and historic buildings featured in this year’s list showcase the breadth and depth of African American life, history and architecture across generations,” says Brent Leggs, the executive director of the AACHAF. “At the National Trust, we aim to broaden the public's understanding of the Black experience in America, while also underscoring the very urgent need to identify and protect these sites for the benefit of the communities they have long served. These often-overlooked places hold aspects of history that must be protected—and used to draw inspiration and wisdom for the benefit of all Americans.”

Photo credit: JoeMabel/Wikimedia
Photo credit: JoeMabel/Wikimedia

Selected for their ability to tell more inclusive and accurate tales about social justice and our nation’s racial, social, and economic history, this year’s recipients include the following places. (Learn more about each by clicking on their names.)

  1. Anne Spencer House & Garden in Lynchburg, Virginia

  2. Home of Mamie Till Mobley and Emmett Till in Chicago, Illinois

  3. Home of Nettie Asberry in Tacoma, Washington

  4. Billy Webb Elks Lodge #1050 in Portland, Oregon

  5. African American Historic Neighborhoods and Landmarks in Chicago, Illinois

  6. Home and Studio of Faith Ringgold in Englewood, New Jersey

  7. Union Academy Neighborhood in Tarpon Springs, Florida

  8. Maryfield Cemetery in Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

  9. Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, New York

  10. Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor in Buffalo, New York

  11. Cleveland’s Black Churches in Cleveland, Ohio

  12. Statewide Documentation of Jim Crow Segregation in Santa Fe, New Mexico

  13. Pennsylvania’s Black Cemeteries in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

  14. Home of Medgar & Myrlie Evers in Jackson, Mississippi

  15. Southern West Virginia African American Heritage Tour in Oak Hill, West Virginia

  16. The Turf Club in Asbury Park, New Jersey

  17. Blue Bird Inn in Detroit, Michigan

  18. Quinn Chapel AME in Lexington, Kentucky

  19. Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Selma, Alabama

  20. Kappa Alpha Psi’s Phi Nu Pi Chapter Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  21. James Weldon Johnson’s Writing Cabin in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

  22. Mound Bayou Bank in Jackson, Mississippi

  23. Coggswell-Taylor House and Jackson Street Store in Virginia City, Montana

  24. King Solomon Masonic Lodge #1 in New Bern, North Carolina

  25. Okahumpka Rosenwald School in Okahumpka, Florida

  26. Eldorado Ballroom in Houston, Texas

  27. Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles

  28. Shaw University’s Tyler Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina

  29. Stillman College’s Winsborough Hall in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  30. Home of Dr. Robert Walter “Whirlwind” Johnson in Lynchburg, Virginia

  31. Whitney Plantation’ Store in Wallace, Louisiana

  32. Dumas Pharmacy Building in Natchez, Mississippi

  33. Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas

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