News Release

National Park Service awards $3.27 million to help preserve America’s civil rights history

Two story historic home with dilapidated siding and a brick chimney
Tawawa Chimney Corner in Wilberforce, OH was the residence of Rev. Benjamin W. Arnett and Rev. Revedy C. Ransom, both African Methodist Episcopal Church bishops active in the civil rights movement.

Curtis Ransom

News Release Date: April 28, 2022


WASHINGTON – Ten historic sites associated with the preservation of civil rights history in America will receive a combined $3.27 million in National Park Service History of Equal Rights Grants. These competitive grants support physical preservation work and preservation planning activities, including historic building repair and rehabilitation, architectural planning, and land surveys.

“The History of Equal Rights Grant program helps preserve sites where communities came together to advance civil rights,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “These funds support our State, Tribal, and local governments and nonprofit partners in telling a more complete story of the road to equal rights for all Americans.” 

This years’ grants will support the preservation of sites like the LeMoyne House in Washington County, Pennsylvania, center of Dr. LeMoyne’s activity with the Abolition Movement and the Underground Railroad, and Cincinnati’s Potter’s Field, the city’s former indigent burial ground from 1852 to 1981.

History of Equal Rights Award Recipients 








Preservation and Repair of St Paul United Methodist Church 

St. Paul United Methodist Church 




Exterior Rehabilitation of Winsborough Hall 

Stillman College 



Kansas City  

Physical Preservation of the Vernon School 

Vernon Multipurpose Center, Inc. 


New Jersey 

East Orange  

Preservation Planning for Hurricane Ida Repairs 

Alpha Lodge No. 116 F&AM, A NJ Nonprofit Corporation 


New York 


Restoration of 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse 

1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum 


North Carolina 

Red Springs 

Flora Macdonald Campus Mortar and Window Preservation 

Flora Macdonald Educational Foundation 




Preservation Planning of Cincinnati Potter's Field 

Price Hill Will 




Rehabilitation of the Eleanor B. Rainey Memorial Institute 

Cliquepoint Data Foundation 




Exterior Rehabilitation of Tawawa Chimney Corner 

The Bishop Reverdy C. & Emma S. Ransom Foundation, Inc. 




Exterior Preservation of the LeMoyne House 

Washington County Historical Society, Inc. 








Congress appropriated funding for the History of Equal Rights Grant Program in FY2021 through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, assisting with a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars, with the intent to mitigate the loss of a nonrenewable resource to benefit 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 may be appropriated 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: April 28, 2022