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Black historic sites need to be preserved, said officials from the National Trust for Historic Preservation who have started a $25 million fund to ensure that protection.

More than $3 million has been collected for the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, which was announced Wednesday.  The multi-year effort is supported by partners the Ford Foundation, JPB Foundation and Open Society Foundations, companies that will help funnel money to the reserve.

“There is an opportunity and an obligation for us to step forward boldly and ensure the preservation of places which tell the often-overlooked stories of African-Americans and their many contributions to our nation,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in a release.

Meeks continued: “We believe that this fund will be transformative for our country, and we are committed to crafting a narrative that expands our view of history and, ultimately, begins to reconstruct our national identity, while inspiring a new generation of activists to advocate for our diverse historic places.”

Many of these sites have been overlooked or underrated in importance. The fund’s operators hope to correct this pattern and restore these grounds that have descerated because of funding gaps.

Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia is a huge site being eyed for restoration.

Shockoe Bottom was the center of Richmond’s slave trade, second only in importance to New Orleans between 1830 and 1865, but much of it has been paved over.

SOURCE: The Associated Press 


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$25 Million National Fund To Ensure Preservation Of Black Historic Sites was originally published on newsone.com

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