The National Trust for Historic Preservation Awards $3 Million in Grants to 40 Places Preserving Black History

  • July 15, 2021 10:05

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1909 Postcard of the then Oakland Public Library, Oakland, California, (now the African American Museum and Library at Oakland).
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, through its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, has announced more than $3 million in grants to 40 sites and organizations dedicated to preserving landscapes and buildings imbued with Black life, humanity, and culture. 

Due to the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and other funders, this year’s awards represent the largest single disbursement in the Action Fund’s four-year history. In that time, the National Trust has funded 105 historic places and invested more than $7.3 million to help protect sites where Black history happened. Action Fund grants are given across four categories: capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation. 

Childhood home of opera singer and civil rights activist, Marian Anderson, in Philadelphia.
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Learn more about this year's grant recipients in this short video from Brent Leggs, executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. 

View the list of recipients here, which includes, among other sites, The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard; singer Marian Anderson’s home in Philadelphia; Historic Athens, Georgia; and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, in California, which needs structural repairs to its aging facility in order to protect the collection of documents related to Black history in California and the West.

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