African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Announces $3 Million in Grant Funding to Protect and Preserve Black History Sites

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announces $3 million in grant funding to protect and preserve sites representing African American history. This Action Fund is the largest U.S. resource dedicating resources to the preservation of African American historic places, with more than $80 million in funding. Since its creation in 2017, the Action Fund has supported 160 places through its National Grant Program with a total investment of $12.4 million.

Brent Leggs, Executive Director, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, and Senior Vice President of The National Trust for Historic Preservation shares that “The cultural landscapes and historic buildings in this year’s list showcase the breadth and depth of African American life, history, and architecture across generations.”

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This year’s list further demonstrates the beauty and complexity of African American life. Funded sites include Detroit’s Blue Bird Inn, Home of Mamie Till Mobley and Emmett Till, and the Home and Studio of artist Faith Ringgold.

Intention Behind The AACHAF

The Action Fund protects these places of historic and cultural value with the hopes that everyone has the opportunity to draw inspiration and wisdom from African American historic places.

On its website, the fund shares that “we must tell stories that reflect our complex and difficult past—and help us shape a better collective future. Though America may be rich in diverse history, our society has often been poor in representing that history and in funding its protection, conservation, and recognition. That’s why we actively invest in and restore cultural assets that hold exceptional cultural value.”

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SOURCE: TravelNoire, Esthefany Castillo

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