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2021 HALS Challenge: Historic Black Landscapes

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 contest.

For the 12th annual HALS Challenge, we invite you to document historic Black landscapes. Black people have built and shaped the American landscape in immeasurable ways. Examining these histories and spaces will expand our understanding of America's past and future. From plantations to segregated cities, the nation's landscapes retain the physical manifestations of our racist history. Yet historic Black landscapes also represent creative achievements and reflect Black culture, as seen in residential gardens, parks, and college campuses across this country. Documenting historic Black landscapes will reveal patterns of community that have been built over the course of four hundred years.

People from every state are hereby challenged to complete at least one HALS short format history to document historic Black landscapes. Preservation Through Documentation!

For additional information, see the blog post written by HALS Architect Chris Stevens for ASLA's The Field.

To enter the HALS Challenge:

Email your completed HALS short format history to:

Chris Stevens


July 31, 2021


Email Chris Stevens