News Release

National Park Service awards $1.2 million to help preserve underrepresented community history  

The Jefferson Jacobs Rosenwald School, a white, two-story schoolhouse, on a grassy lot with trees in the foreground located in the Taylor-Jacob Subdivision in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Jefferson Jacobs Rosenwald School in Louisville, Kentucky in the Taylor-Jacob Subdivision that received $30,000 from the Underrepresented Community Grant program.

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News Release Date: December 19, 2022


WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $1.2 million in Underrepresented Community Grants for 21 projects in 16 states and the District of Columbia. These funds will support the identification, planning, and development of nominations or amendments to the National Register of Historic Places for diverse communities.    

“The National Park Service is proud to award this grant funding to state, Tribal, and local governments to help them diversify their listings in the National Register of Historic Places,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “Since 2014, the Underrepresented Community Grants program has provided $5.75 million to better tell the varied histories and stories of all Americans, so that they may one day no longer be called underrepresented.” 

Some of this years’ grants include:  

  • A historic context study of Latino communities in Wisconsin, which will result in two or more National Register nominations or amendments;  

  • National Register nominations for two fire stations in historically African American neighborhoods of Atlantic City, New Jersey;   

  • A state-wide survey of Colorado’s travel resources where African Americans could safely stay during the time of segregation;  

  • A survey and National Register nomination for the James Taylor-Jacob School Subdivision in Louisville, Kentucky. The project includes the Jefferson Jacobs Rosenwald School, established in 1916, and the Taylor-Jacob Subdivision, named after a local farmer who later developed the only known subdivision in the county owned, designed, developed, and managed by and for African Americans.   

The Underrepresented Community Grants program began in 2014 and has provided $5.75 million to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and Certified Local Governments to diversify the National Register of Historic Places through surveys and nominations.   

Administered by the NPS, the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases to decrease the loss of nonrenewable resources and safeguard other irreplaceable resources through a broad range of preservation projects.    

Since its establishment in 1977, the HPF has delivered more than $2 billion in historic preservation grants to states, Tribes, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. The HPF has up to $150 million in funds available each year until the current authorizing legislation ends in 2023. The HPF supports historic preservation projects to help safeguard the nation’s most important places and share stories of those people and communities.   

Please visit the NPS grants website for more information on historic preservation programs. 

Underrepresented Community Awards  


Project Title  


 Funded Amount   



National Register Historic Context Statement for African American and Women in Decatur, Alabama  

City of Decatur   




African American Historic Resources Survey of Prattville and Auburn, Alabama  

City of Prattville  




Statewide African American Travel Resources Intensive Survey  

The State Historical Society of Colorado  


District of Columbia  

African American Affordable Housing Survey and National Register Nomination  

District of Columbia Office of Planning  




African American Settlement and Civil Rights Survey and National Register Nomination of North Rome  

City of Rome  




Southern Illinois African American Heritage National Register Multiple Property Submission  

Illinois Department of Natural Resources  



Louisville-Jefferson County  

James Taylor-Jacob School Subdivision National Register Nomination  

Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government  




Rosenwald Schools of Maryland National Register Nomination Project  

Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Historical Trust  




Baltimore American Indian Heritage Survey and Nomination Phase 2  

Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Historical Trust  




National Register Historic Context Study of Women in Detroit  

City of Detroit  


New Jersey,  

Atlantic City  

Atlantic City Fire House National Register Nominations   

City of Atlantic City  


New York,  

New York  

Marcus Garvey Park National Register Nomination  

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation  


New York,  

New York  

Yiddish Art Theatre, New York City, National Register Nomination  


New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation  


North Carolina,   

Southern Pines  

West Southern Pines African American Historic Resource Survey and National Register Nominations  

Town of Southern Pines  


North Dakota,  


Fort Totten Indian Boarding School National Register Nomination Update  

State Historical Society of North Dakota  




African American Women’s Clubs, Green Book Properties, and Black Churches National Register Nominations  


Ohio Historical Society  


Oklahoma, Oklahoma City  

Continuation of Architectural/Historic Survey of Oklahoma's All-Black Towns  

Oklahoma Historical Society  


South Carolina,   


African American Settlement Communities in Charleston County, S.C. Survey  

City of Charleston  


South Carolina,   


Sumter County African American Survey and National Register Nomination  

Sumter County  


Tennessee, Nashville  

Nashville's Mid-20th Century African American District Survey and National Register Nomination  

Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County  




National Register Historic Context Study of Latino Communities in Wisconsin  

Wisconsin Historical Society  


Total grant funds = $1,211,116  

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Last updated: January 3, 2023