News Release

National Park Service awards $1.25 million to recognize historic underrepresented communities

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The Whitney Institute in Louisiana will amend the Whitney Plantation Historic District nomination using the Underrepresented Communities grant to include African American history from slavery through reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights era.

Courtesy of  Elsa Hahne, The Whitney Institute

News Release Date: February 8, 2024


WASHINGTON –The National Park Service today announced $1,250,000 to 21 projects in 19 states and the District of Columbia for the survey and nomination of sites and districts associated with communities that are underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places.    

“The National Register is the official list of our Nation’s historic places that are worthy of preservation,” NPS Director Chuck Sams said. “The National Park Service is proud to work with our Tribal, State, and local partners through the Underrepresented Communities grant program to ensure that the National Register better reflects the important places and significant stories of all Americans.”     

This years’ grants include:  

  • The survey and development of an LGBTQIA2S+ Historic Context in the Puget Sound, and the National Register of Historic Places nomination of an outstanding representation of queer history in Washington State.  

  • A migrant farm worker historic context study and National Register nomination in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  

  • An amendment to the Whitney Plantation Historic District’s National Register nomination in Wallace, Louisiana to rectify the exclusion of African Americans and the site’s role in the history of slavery. More than 350 people were enslaved at the plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries. The updated National Register listing will more thoroughly document this nationally significant site’s history through slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights era.  

  • A survey and National Register nomination for the Annie (Nicolai) Wickersham homesite by the Chickaloon Native Village in Alaska, significant for its association with the Dene experience during the first decades of direct Euro-American contact, as well the Prohibition Era experience of the Dene.   

The Underrepresented Communities grant program began in 2014 and has provided $7 million to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and Certified Local Governments to work towards diversifying the National Register of Historic Places through surveys and nominations.  

For more information about the Underrepresented Communities grant program, please visit   

Underrepresented Communities Grant Awards  


Project Title  


 Funded Amount   


Survey and National Register Nomination of the Annie (Nicolai) Wickersham Homesite  

Chickaloon Native Village  



Survey and National Register Nomination for the Titusville Community  

City of Birmingham  




National Register Nomination for Dunbar Junior and Senior High and Junior College in Little Rock  

City of Little Rock  



Intensive Survey and National Register Nomination of LGBTQ+ Sites in Colorado  

State Historical Society of Colorado dba History Colorado  


District of Columbia  

Multiple Property Document and Nominations of Significant Sites Designed by Black Architects in Washington, DC  

DC Preservation League  




Migrant Farmworker Historic Context Study and Nomination  

Miami-Dade County  



Survey, Documentation and Multiple Property Document for Indiana's Green Book Sites  

State of Indiana  



Updated National Register Nomination for Whitney Plantation Historic District to include African American History  

The Whitney Institute  



Provincetown Historic District National Register Nomination Amendment to add Social History: LGBT  

Provincetown Community Compact  



Auburn Hills National Register Nomination  

City of Grand Rapids  



Minneapolis African American Historic and Cultural Context Study and Nomination  

City of Minneapolis  



Kansas City African American Heritage National Register Multiple Property Submission  

City of Kansas City  


North Carolina  

National Register Nominations for McCrorey Heights and Oaklawn Park: African American Civil Rights Leadership  

City of Charlotte  


North Carolina  

Lincoln Park Neighborhood National Register Nomination  

City of Lexington  



Women in the Trades Context Study and National Register Nomination  

City of Lincoln  




Northeast Reno African American Historic Resource Survey and National Register Nomination  

City of Reno  


New York  

National Register of Historic Places Amendment for Hotel Chelsea to add Social History: LGBT  

Fund for the City of New York, Inc.  



National Register Recognition for Cleveland's Historic Black Churches  

Cleveland Restoration Society, Inc.  


Rhode Island  

African American Civil Rights in Rhode Island: Phase Three  

Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission of Rhode Island  



African American Schools in Virginia Multiple Property Document and National Register Nomination  

Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Historic Resources  



LGBTQIA2S+ Historic Context and National Register Nomination in the Puget Sound  

Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation  


19 States and  

Washington DC  

21 Total Projects  

 Total Funded  



The Underrepresented Communities grant program is one element of the Historic Preservation Fund. The HPF uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to assist 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 diverse cultural resources.  
For more information about NPS historic preservation programs and grants, please visit

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Last updated: February 8, 2024