News Release

National Park Service awards $15 million to help preserve African American civil rights history

A three story building on an empty street with a tree on the left side.
Headquarters of the Detroit Urban League and former residence of Mr. Albert Kahn at 208 Mack Avenue.

Photo by Albert Kahn Associates.

News Release Date: July 27, 2021


WASHINGTON – The National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant Program has awarded $15,035,000 million to 53 projects in 20 states to help preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality.

“This competitive grant program is just one of the many ways the National Park Service is working to preserve and interpret the lesser-known facets of our nation’s shared history,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “From physical restoration projects to surveys, documentation, and education, this years’ grant funds will help many of our State, Tribal, local, and non-profit partners advance their preservation goals.”

This years’ grant funds will be used to help preserve Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house in Ohio, the All Star Bowling Lanes in South Carolina (which was recently added to the African American Civil Rights Network), a civil rights interpretive trail in Louisiana, and research Gilbert v. Board in Cocoa, FL, a pioneering case for civil rights that helped gain equal pay for Black teachers in Florida.Visit to learn more about the African American Civil Rights Grant Program, how to apply and dates for upcoming grant opportunities. Over $16 million in FY2021 funding will be available for application in Fall 2021.

2020 African American Civil Rights Grants


Project Title

Legal Name

Federal Amount

Alabama Birmingham

Preservation, Restoration and Repair of St Paul United Methodist Church

St Paul United Methodist Church


Alabama Birmingham

Preservation & Rehabilitation of the 16th Street Baptist Church Parsonage

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church


Alabama Lowndesboro

Restoration and preservation of the historic Lowndesboro School

The Elmore Bolling Foundation


Alabama Marion

Phase II Structural Repairs, Windows Restoration and Building Systems Replacement of the Historic Lincoln Normal School Gymnasium

Lincolnite Club, Inc.


Alabama Montgomery

Freedom Rides Museum Exterior Exhibit and Window Displays

Alabama Historical Commission


Alabama Montgomery

Moore Building Rehabilitation, Phase III

Alabama Historical Commission


Alabama Selma

Voting Rights Movement Education Project: Engaging history through digital and physical educational resources

Selma Center For Non-Violence, Truth And Reconciliation


Alabama Selma

Critical Complete Re-Roofing of Gabled and Domed Roofs

Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL Legacy Foundation Inc


Arkansas Little Rock

Have you learned your lesson yet? The legal battle for the equalization of black and white teacher salaries in the Little Rock School District.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center


ArkansasLittle Rock

Restoring Historic Function and Character-Defining Elements in the Dreamland Ballroom

Friends of Dreamland


Colorado Greeley

Rehabilitation at the African-American Townsite of Dearfield, Colorado

University of Northern Colorado


Connecticut Salisbury

Clinton Church Restoration and Stabilization

Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Inc.


Florida Cocoa

Historical Research and Documentation of the Civil Rights Case Gilbert v. Board of Public Instruction of Brevard County, Florida

City of Cocoa



African American Education in Leon County-Power from Within

John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum Inc.


Florida Havana

Rehabilitation of Havana Florida's Historic Northside High School

Havana Community Development Corporation


Georgia Atlanta

Restoration of the Historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church Phase 4

Ralph David Abernathy III Foundation, Inc.


Illinois Chicago

Reactivating the Forum: Preservation of 3 linked buildings in Bronzeville

Urban Juncture Foundation


Illinois Rock Island

Rock Island Survey and Research Project

City of Rock Island


Indiana Indianapolis

Emmett Tills Journey Home: A Story of Racism that Shocked a Nation Exhibit

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.


Kentucky Louisville

Jefferson Jacob (Rosenwald) School Restoration

Jacob School Heritage Inc


Louisiana Baton Rouge

Louisiana Civil Rights Trail

Louisiana Office of Tourism


Louisiana Bogalusa

Preservation and restoration of the Hicks House and Mill House, Phase 2

Robert Bob Hicks Foundation


Massachusetts Salem

The African American Experience in the Essex National Heritage Area

Essex National Heritage Commission


Michigan Lansing

Russell Woods - Sullivan Neighborhood National Register District Nomination

Michigan Historic Preservation Network


Michigan Lansing

African American Housing in Inkster, Michigan 1920-1970

Michigan Strategic Fund


Michigan Detroit

Second Baptist Church of Detroit Rehabilitation and Nomination Project

Greektown Neighborhood Partnership


Michigan Detroit

Restoration of the Detroit Urban League Headquarters / Historic Albert Kahn House

Detroit Urban League


Michigan Inkster

Restoration and Preservation of Malcolm X House (aka Wilfred and Ruth Little home)

Project We Hope Dream and Believe


Mississippi Jackson

Mississippi Freedom Houses Project

Mississippi Heritage Trust Incorporated


North Carolina Greensboro

Survey and Nomination of Civil Rights in Greensboro

City of Greensboro


North Carolina Greensboro

Historic Magnolia House AR Interpretive Project

Magnolia House Foundation INC


North Carolina Durham

Preservation of Historic Hayti Heritage Center: Pew Restoration

St. Josephs Historic Foundation, Inc.


North Carolina Salisbury

Preservation of Historic Monroe Street School Phase II

Livingstone College


North Carolina Asheville

Renovation of YMI Cultural Center

YMI Cultural Center Inc.


New York Port Washington

Breaking Down Barriers: Civil Rights Movement on Long Island cell phone tour

Long Island Traditions


New York Newburgh

Oral History of African American Civil Rights in Newburgh

City of Newburgh


Ohio Cleveland

Stabilizing the Exterior Envelope of Cory United Methodist Church

Cleveland Restoration Society


Ohio Columbus

Harriet Beecher Stowe House Preservation

Ohio Historical Society


Ohio Dayton

Linden Community and Recreation Center

Gem City Hilltop Community Development and Housing Inc.



Fifth Street YMCA

Miami Valley Housing Opportunities Inc.

$ 53,930

Pennsylvania Pittsburgh

A Legacy in Stone: Homewoods National Negro Opera House and the Confluence of Pittsburghs African American Culture

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation


South Carolina Edisto Island

Historic Hutchinson House Final Phase of Restoration

Edisto Island Open Land Trust, Inc.


South Carolina Hilton Head Island

Three Properties, Three Lenses: Reconnecting with Critical Aspects of the African American Struggle for and Achievement of Civil Rights During the Reconstruction Era

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Inc.


South Carolina Orangeburg

Preservation and Repair of Historic Trinity United Methodist Church: Phase III

Trinity United Methodist Church


South Carolina West Columbia

Brookland Lakeview Empowerment Center (BLEC) - Roof Replacement Project

Brookland Center for Community Economic Change


South Carolina Orangeburg

Preservation of All-Star Bowling Lanes

Center for Creative Partnerships


South Carolina Columbia

Booker T. Washington High School Auditorium Building

University of South Carolina


South CarolinaSumter

Lincoln High School Civil Rights Preservation Project

Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association


Tennessee Nashville

Civil Rights Related Resources in Nashville, 1944-1966

Metropolitan Historical Commission


Tennessee Memphis

Collins Chapel Structural Evaluation

Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church


Virginia Gordonsville

Restoration of St. John Rosenwald School Phase III Project

St. John Family Life and Fitness Center, Inc.


VirginiaKing George

Ralph Bunche High School Preservation - Phase One (roof replacement)

King George County


Virginia Lynchburg

Leonard N. Smith School of Religion (Humbles House)

Virginia University of Lynchburg


The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, assisting with a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars to mitigate the loss of a nonrenewable resource by benefitting the preservation of other irreplaceable resources.

Established in 1977, the HPF is authorized at $150 million per year through 2023 and has provided more than $2 billion in historic preservation grants to States, Tribes, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Administered by the NPS, HPF funds are appropriated annually by Congress to support a variety of historic preservation projects to help preserve the nation’s cultural resources.

For more information about NPS historic preservation programs and grants, please visit
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Last updated: July 27, 2021