News Release

National Park Service Announces $14 Million in Grants to Preserve African American Civil Rights

A metal stadium, a grass lawn in the foreground.
Hamtramck Stadium in Hamtramck, Michigan is one of only five major league Negro League ballparks remaining in the country.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Jameson, 2012, Wikipedia

News Release Date: April 6, 2020

Contact: NewsMedia@nps.gov

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $14 million in African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Fund grants to fund 51 projects across 20 states and the District of Columbia that will preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century.
 
“These grants will fund important projects that document, interpret, and preserve sites that tell the stories of the African American experience in the pursuit of civil rights,” said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela, exercising the authority of the Director. “Thanks to the coordination of public and private partners, these projects will help connect Americans to historic places that preserve American history.”
 
Congress appropriated funding for the African American Civil Rights Grants Program in 2019 through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars. Grant-supported projects include surveys and documentation, interpretation and education, oral histories, architectural services, historic structure reports, planning, and physical preservation.
 
“From 1923 to 1953, the Americus Colored Hospital was the only medical facility in the South where black medical professionals could practice and serve people of color. This hospital was vital to African Americans during Jim Crow and produced more trained professionals than larger cities like Atlanta, New York, and Chicago. During the Civil Rights Movement in Americus, the building became a Freedom Center and continued to serve the African American community in a new way,” said Georgia Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. “I am pleased this grant will preserve the Colored Hospital so future generations can learn about the strong civil rights history in southwest Georgia.”
 
“The preservation of these projects is an invaluable investment in the campuses, communities and individuals they serve,” said South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn. “I am pleased that these funds will continue to allow our communities to learn from the Civil Rights Movement and the important role that South Carolina played in making America’s greatness apply more fairly and equitably to all of its citizens.”
 
"This grant from the National Park Service is great news for the advancement of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot location as a site of historic importance and furthers our efforts to designate it as a National Historic Monument," said Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis. "I look forward to seeing these funds raise awareness and understanding of the site with the general public."
 
“Completed in 1918, Taborian Hall became a centerpiece of the African American community in central Arkansas and, during its heyday, showcased musical greats like Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzie Gillespie. In recent decades, Taborian Hall had fallen into disrepair and would have likely been demolished had Kerry McCoy and Friends of Dreamland not purchased it with the vision of restoring it to its former glory,” said Arkansas Congressman French Hill. “I commend the National Park Service for allocating nearly $500,000 to renovate and preserve this site and recognize its importance in the struggle for equality.”
 
Projects receiving grants this year will preserve resources, places, and stories like the Shepard Library at Stillman College, the Albert Kahn House in Detroit, Michigan, and the Greenwood Center buildings in Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Grant projects also include surveys across the country from Montgomery, Alabama to Muskegon, Michigan to identify lesser-known civil rights sites.

For more information about the grants and the African America Civil Rights Grant Program, please visit https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/civil-rights/. Applications for $15.5 million in FY2020 funding will be available in the fall of 2020.
 
Awards:

State

Projects

Grantee

Award

Alabama
Birmingham

Preservation and Repair of St. Paul United Methodist Church

St. Paul United Methodist Church

$500,000

Alabama
Birmingham

Rehabilitation of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Phase 4

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

 $500,000

Alabama
Birmingham

Rehabilitation of the Historic Bethel Church

Historic Bethel Baptist Church Community Restoration Fund

$345,400

Alabama
Montgomery

Montgomery, Alabama Civil Rights Multiple Property Nomination

Alabama Historical Commission

$50,000

Alabama
Montgomery

Freedom Rides Museum Exhibit Fabrication

Alabama Historical Commission

$50,000

Alabama
Montgomery

Rehabilitation of Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church Memorial Annex

Mount Zion Center Foundation, Inc

$500,000

Alabama
Montgomery

Preservation of the Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

Montgomery City-County Public Library

$470,601

Alabama
Montgomery

Moore Building Second Floor Rehabilitation

Alabama Historical Commission

$500,000

Alabama
Selma

Oral Histories: Selma's Voting Rights Women Foot Soldiers

Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL LegacyFoundationInc

$37,000

Alabama
Selma

Critical Repairs to Tabernacle Baptist Church-Phase I

Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL LegacyFoundationInc

$500,000

Alabama
Talladega

Talladega College and the Civil Rights Movement: A Watershed in History

Talladega College

$50,000

Alabama
Talladega

Foster Hall Interior Rehabilitation

Talladega College

$500,000

Alabama
Tuscaloosa

Preservation Planning for Sheppard Library

Stillman College

$50,000

Arkansas
Little Rock

Survey and Nomination of University Park Subdivision, Little Rock, Arkansas

City of Little Rock

$35,000

Arkansas
Little Rock

Taborian Hall Preservation and Access Project

Friends of Dreamland

$499,723

California
Santa Ana

Summer of Civil Rights: Chronicling the Black Movement in Santa Ana, CA

Heritage Museum of Orange County

$24,830

District of Columbia

Black Power in 20th Century Washington, DC: A Context Study

DC Preservation League

$50,000

District of Columbia

‘Ain't No Back to a Merry-Go-Round’ Documentary Film Project

Women in Film & Video, Inc.

$50,000

Florida
Miami

Survey of the African American Brownsville Sub-division, Miami, FL

Dade Heritage Trust, Inc.

$50,000

Florida
Yulee

Historic Structure Report for Evans' Rendezvous

Nassau County Board of County Commissioners

$28,180

Georgia
Americus

Rehabilitation of the Americus Colored Hospital Phase 2

Americus-Sumter County Movement Remembered Committee, Inc

$499,697

Georgia
Atlanta

Stayed on Freedom: Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement at Spelman College

Spelman College

$50,000

Georgia
Atlanta

Restoration of the Historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church- Phase 3

Ralph David Abernathy III Foundation, Inc.

$499,980

Georgia
Atlanta

Rehabilitation of Fountain (Stone) Hall

Morris Brown College

$500,000

Georgia
Fort Oglethorpe

Oral History of African American WAC Battalion at Fort Oglethorpe

Friends of the 6th Cavalry Museum Inc

$28,578

Illinois
Springfield

1908 Springfield, IL Race Riot Augmented Reality Ap

Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition

$50,000

Kentucky
Louisville

Quinn Chapel AME Church Masonry Stabilization

Louisville Jefferson County Metropolitan Government

$500,000

Louisiana
New Orleans

McDonogh 19 Historic Cafeteria, Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans

Leona Tate Foundation for Change, Inc.

$500,000

Massachusetts
Great Barrington

Interpretive Exhibit Design for the Historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington, MA.

Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Inc.

$50,000

Michigan
Detroit

Restoration of the Detroit Urban League Headquarters / Albert Kahn House

Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan

$500,000

Michigan
Detroit

Rehabilitation of the Grandstands of Historic Hamtramck Stadium

Charter County of Wayne, Michigan

$490,729

Michigan
Lansing

Muskegon County Historic Resource Survey

Michigan Strategic Fund

$50,000

North Carolina
Charlotte

A Virtual Sense of Place: Critical Black Urbanism in Charlotte, NC

Johnson C. Smith University

$35,000

North Carolina
Oxford

Rehabilitation of Mary Potter School Shop Building 76-C

National Mary Potter Club, Inc.

$500,000

North Carolina
Raleigh

The Untold Stories of the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Places of Northeastern North Carolina: A Research Study

NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources

$50,000

North Carolina
Raleigh

Rehabilitation of the Benbury-Frinks House

NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources

$241,940

North Carolina
Salisbury

Preservation of Historic Monroe Street School

Livingstone College

$500,000

New Jersey
Burlington City

William R. Allen School Rehabilitation

City of Burlington

$500,000

New Jersey
Cape May City

Rehabilitation of the Franklin Street School

City of Cape May

$500,000

New York
Buffalo

Michigan Street Baptist Church Protection and Rehabilitation

Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition, Inc.

$204,845

Ohio
Cincinnati

Union Baptist Cemetery Historic Preservation Project

The Union Foundation

$400,000

Ohio
Dayton

Adaptive Use of Summit Street Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)

Early Visions

$500,000

Oklahoma
Tulsa

Rehabilitation of the Greenwood Center Buildings in historic "Black Wall Street" Tulsa, OK

Greenwood Community Development Corporation

$500,000

South Carolina
Columbia

John Henry McCray and the Role of the Black Press in the Civil Rights Movement

Allen University

$43,897

South Carolina
Columbia

Booker T. Washington High School Auditorium Building Preservation Project

University of South Carolina

$500,000

South Carolina
Columbia

Starks Center Rehabilitation Project

Benedict College

$500,000

South Dakota
Sturgis

The Green Siblings Project: Oral Histories of the Little Rock Nine Siblings

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative

$25,000

Texas
Dallas

Fair Park Hall of Negro Life Research and Discovery Project

City of Dallas

$50,000

Virginia
Charlottesville

Rehabilitation of First Baptist Church

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

$240,000

West Virginia
Barboursville
 

Historic Memphis Tennessee Garrison House Rehabilitation Project

The Carter G Woodson Memorial Foundation, Inc.

$146,100

West Virginia
Charles Town

Preservation & Restoration of the First Free Black School and Star Lodge No. 1

City of Charles Town, West Virginia

$118,500

21 States

51 projects

 

$14,065,000

 

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