27 Grants Awarded To African American History Sites; Funder Aims To 'Scale Up'

black-and-white photo of a rural schoolhouse May's Lick Rosenwald School, in Maysville, KY, was built in 1921 and has received one of 27 preservation grants from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. (Mays Lick Community Development Board/National Trust for Historic Preservation)

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has announced grants totaling more than $1.6 million to 27 sites and organizations dedicated to preserving African American culture and history.

“The Action Fund will help preserve sites and spaces that tell often overlooked stories that speak to American history "through the lens of Black humanity and identity," says executive director Brent Leggs.”


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