National Park Service awards $15 million to help preserve African American civil rights history

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant Program has awarded $15,035,000 million to 53 projects in 20 states to help preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality.

“This competitive grant program is just one of the many ways the National Park Service is working to preserve and interpret the lesser-known facets of our nation’s shared history,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “From physical restoration projects to surveys, documentation, and education, this years’ grant funds will help many of our State, Tribal, local, and non-profit partners advance their preservation goals.”

This years’ grant funds will be used to help preserve Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house in Ohio, the All Star Bowling Lanes in South Carolina (which was recently added to the African American Civil Rights Network), a civil rights interpretive trail in Louisiana, and research Gilbert v. Board in Cocoa, FL, a pioneering case for civil rights that helped gain equal pay for Black teachers in Florida.

Visit to learn more about the African American Civil Rights Grant Program, how to apply and dates for upcoming grant opportunities. Over $16 million in FY2021 funding will be available for application in Fall 2021.

2020 African American Civil Rights Grants

StateProject TitleLegal NameFederal Amount
Alabama BirminghamPreservation, Restoration and Repair of St Paul United Methodist ChurchSt Paul United Methodist Church$500,000
Alabama BirminghamPreservation & Rehabilitation of the 16th Street Baptist Church ParsonageSixteenth Street Baptist Church $500,000            
Alabama LowndesboroRestoration and preservation of the historic Lowndesboro SchoolThe Elmore Bolling Foundation$236,313
Alabama MarionPhase II Structural Repairs, Windows Restoration and Building Systems Replacement of the Historic Lincoln Normal School GymnasiumLincolnite Club, Inc.$500,000
Alabama MontgomeryFreedom Rides Museum Exterior Exhibit and Window DisplaysAlabama Historical Commission $50,000
Alabama MontgomeryMoore Building Rehabilitation, Phase IIIAlabama Historical Commission $500,000
Alabama SelmaVoting Rights Movement Education Project: Engaging history through digital and physical educational resourcesSelma Center For Non-Violence, Truth And Reconciliation $50,000
Alabama SelmaCritical Complete Re-Roofing of Gabled and Domed RoofsHistoric Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL Legacy Foundation Inc $500,000
Little Rock
Have you learned your lesson yet? The legal battle for the equalization of black and white teacher salaries in the Little Rock School District.Mosaic Templars Cultural Center $25,000
Little Rock
Restoring Historic Function and Character-Defining Elements in the Dreamland BallroomFriends of Dreamland $498,000
Colorado GreeleyRehabilitation at the African-American Townsite of Dearfield, ColoradoUniversity of Northern Colorado $497,776
Connecticut SalisburyClinton Church Restoration and StabilizationUpper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Inc. $495,322
Historical Research and Documentation of the Civil Rights Case Gilbert v. Board of Public Instruction of Brevard County, FloridaCity of Cocoa $30,000
African American Education in Leon County-Power from WithinJohn Gilmore Riley Center/Museum Inc. $50,000
Florida HavanaRehabilitation of Havana Florida’s Historic Northside High SchoolHavana Community Development Corporation $499,994
Georgia AtlantaRestoration of the Historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church Phase 4Ralph David Abernathy III Foundation, Inc. $499,916
Illinois ChicagoReactivating the Forum: Preservation of 3 linked buildings in BronzevilleUrban Juncture Foundation$500,000
Rock Island
Rock Island Survey and  Research ProjectCity of Rock Island $33,500
Indiana IndianapolisEmmett Tills Journey Home: A Story of Racism that Shocked a Nation ExhibitThe Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Inc. $50,000
Kentucky LouisvilleJefferson Jacob (Rosenwald) School RestorationJacob School Heritage Inc $188,000
Louisiana Baton RougeLouisiana Civil Rights TrailLouisiana Office of Tourism $50,000
Louisiana BogalusaPreservation and restoration of the Hicks House and Mill House, Phase 2Robert Bob Hicks Foundation $312,248
Massachusetts SalemThe African American Experience in the Essex National Heritage AreaEssex National Heritage Commission $50,000
Michigan LansingRussell Woods – Sullivan Neighborhood National Register District NominationMichigan Historic Preservation Network $49,900
Michigan LansingAfrican American Housing in Inkster, Michigan 1920-1970Michigan Strategic Fund $50,000
Michigan DetroitSecond Baptist Church of Detroit Rehabilitation and Nomination ProjectGreektown Neighborhood Partnership $425,959
Michigan DetroitRestoration of the Detroit Urban League Headquarters / Historic Albert Kahn HouseDetroit Urban League $500,000
Michigan InksterRestoration and Preservation of Malcolm X House (aka Wilfred and Ruth Little home)Project We Hope Dream and Believe $380,850
Mississippi JacksonMississippi Freedom Houses ProjectMississippi Heritage Trust Incorporated $50,000
North Carolina GreensboroSurvey and Nomination of Civil Rights in GreensboroCity of Greensboro $40,000
North Carolina GreensboroHistoric Magnolia House AR Interpretive ProjectMagnolia House Foundation INC $23,399
North Carolina DurhamPreservation of Historic Hayti Heritage Center: Pew RestorationSt. Josephs Historic Foundation, Inc. $177,011
North Carolina SalisburyPreservation of Historic Monroe Street School Phase IILivingstone College $500,000
North Carolina AshevilleRenovation of YMI Cultural CenterYMI Cultural Center Inc. $496,957
New York
Port Washington
Breaking Down Barriers: Civil Rights Movement on Long Island cell phone tourLong Island Traditions $25,000
New York NewburghOral History of African American Civil Rights in NewburghCity of Newburgh $50,000
Ohio ClevelandStabilizing the Exterior Envelope of Cory United Methodist ChurchCleveland Restoration Society $500,000
Ohio ColumbusHarriet Beecher Stowe House PreservationOhio Historical Society $380,000
Linden Community and Recreation CenterGem City Hilltop Community Development and Housing Inc. $498,030
Fifth Street YMCAMiami Valley Housing Opportunities Inc.$ 53,930
Pennsylvania PittsburghA Legacy in Stone: Homewoods National Negro Opera House and the Confluence of Pittsburghs African American CulturePittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation $41,378
South Carolina Edisto IslandHistoric Hutchinson House Final Phase of RestorationEdisto Island Open Land Trust, Inc. $171,512
South Carolina Hilton Head IslandThree Properties, Three Lenses: Reconnecting with Critical Aspects of the African American Struggle for and Achievement of Civil Rights During the Reconstruction EraCommunity Foundation of the Lowcountry, Inc. $487,088
South Carolina OrangeburgPreservation and Repair of Historic Trinity United Methodist Church: Phase IIITrinity United Methodist Church $500,000
South Carolina West ColumbiaBrookland Lakeview Empowerment Center (BLEC) – Roof Replacement ProjectBrookland Center for Community Economic Change $321,226
South Carolina OrangeburgPreservation of All-Star Bowling LanesCenter for Creative Partnerships $500,000
South Carolina ColumbiaBooker T. Washington High School Auditorium BuildingUniversity of South Carolina $500,000
South Carolina
Lincoln High School Civil Rights Preservation ProjectLincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association$500,000
Tennessee NashvilleCivil Rights Related Resources in Nashville, 1944-1966Metropolitan Historical Commission $50,000
Tennessee MemphisCollins Chapel Structural EvaluationCollins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church $45,000
Virginia GordonsvilleRestoration of St. John Rosenwald School Phase III ProjectSt. John Family Life and Fitness Center, Inc. $103,500
King George
Ralph Bunche High School Preservation – Phase One (roof replacement)King George County $500,000
Virginia LynchburgLeonard N. Smith School of Religion (Humbles House)Virginia University of Lynchburg $498,191

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, assisting with a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars to mitigate the loss of a nonrenewable resource by benefitting 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 are appropriated annually 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