Several Alabama sites are among the recipients of a $1 million grant to preserve African American history.
The grant, announced Friday, came from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust also announced the newly established African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund — a $25 million multi-year national initiative aimed at uplifting the largely overlooked contributions of African Americans by protecting and restoring African American historic sites and uncovering stories of African Americans connected to historic sites nationwide.
Grants were given across four categories: capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation.
Several sites in Alabama were among the 16 grant recipients. Birmingham civil rights sites including the 16th Street Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church and Colored Masonic Temple were among the recipients.
These locations are some of the places where Rev. Shuttlesworth, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and Foot Soldiers fought segregation and made strides in the Civil Rights Movement.
The Tuskegee University Rosenwald School Program was another Alabama recipient. In 1881, Booker T. Washington created Tuskegee University despite having no land, faculty or students. The school has grown into a world-renowned institution and is and creating a new generation of black architects and preservationists, National Trust officials said.
A full list of the recipients can be found here.
In March, Alabama was awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to preserve civil rights landmarks.
Below is a list of projects and the dollar amount granted for the project:
- Restoration of Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church Memorial Annex – $500,000
- Restoration and rehabilitation of the Perry County Jailhouse – $500,000
- Preservation, repair and restoration of the Historic 16th Street Baptist Church: Phase III – $500,000
- Moore Building Master Plan and Phase I rehabilitation – $365,720
- Second phase continuation in the preservation of Brown Chapel AME – $300,000
- 21st Century preservation and the next generation of global activism: archives preservation and digitization project – $44,918
- Civil Rights Struggle in the Shoals – $45,364
- Freedom Rides Museum 60th Anniversary Commemoration Exhibit – $50,000
- Montgomery Alabama Civil Rights Survey planning, research and documentation – $50,000