Civil Rights Landmarks To Obtain $16.2M In Grants

By Brandee Sanders

NPS introduced it could allocate $16,247,500 to create African American Civil Rights grants. The endowments can be distributed amongst 44 tasks throughout 15 states which have a collective mission of rehabilitating and defending landmarks which can be interwoven into the historical past of the struggle for social justice.


Among the many previous grant recipients is the Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey, one of many nation’s last-standing Negro League baseball stadiums. The Miami-based Masjid al-Ansar mosque, which was a pillar for Black Muslims who integrally contributed to the event of civil rights campaigns within the South, will obtain funding this yr.

The endowments will even help conservation tasks designed to amplify the narratives of changemakers on the forefront of the civil rights motion in Selma and pay homage to the legacies of Black trailblazers from Tulsa’s Greenwood District.

“The African American Civil Rights grants are important to serving to protect and interpret a extra complete narrative of the folks, locations, and occasions related to the African American Civil Rights motion,” NPS Director Chuck Sams shared in an announcement. “Websites like Hinchliffe Stadium are uncommon, and so they present a tangible reminder of this complicated historical past. It was thrilling to see the continuing preservation work at a website that bore witness to greater than 20 baseball Corridor of Famers in its time and has impressed generations to observe within the footsteps of their heroes.”

The Alabama-based Schooner Clotilda—one of many final slave ships used to deliver Africans to the US forcibly—will even obtain a preservation grant to make sure that a troublesome a part of the nation’s historical past isn’t enshrouded.

Information concerning the grants comes two years after the Nationwide Park Service supplied $7.7 million in funding for restoring and conserving historic constructions at HBCUs.


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