Emanuel AME Church Among Historic African-American Sites in South Carolina Receiving $285,000

Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the Hutchinson House on Edisto Island and the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation were selected as recipients of a combined $285,000. (FILE)

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded two South Carolina locations and one organization grants in an initiative to preserve African American historical sites.

Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the Hutchinson House on Edisto Island and the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation were selected as recipients of a combined $285,000.

Representatives from Emanuel AME and the Hutchinson House say they’ll use the money for big-dollar restoration projects. The Foundation says it’ll develop a five year sustainability plan with the grant.

Founded in 1816, Emmanuel AME is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the South. It was the site of a 2015 mass shooting of nine black worshippers. The Hutchison house was a post-Civil War gathering space for the black community.

SOURCE: The Associated Press