African American History Sites Have 27 Grants Awarded ; Funder Goals To ‘Scale Up’

In 1956, entertainer, vocalist and lobbyist Paul Robeson stated, “My father was a slave, and my people died to build this country and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you.” Now, Robeson’s home — the Paul Robeson House and Museum in Philadelphia — will get an award to help deify its part in the country’s story.

The Robeson house is one of 27 destinations and associations around the nation getting the honor, reported Thursday by the National Historic Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

In the midst of the warmed discussions around landmarks that observe America’s supremacist past, the Action Fund will help protect locales and spaces that recount to frequently neglected stories that address American history “through the viewpoint of Black humankind and personality,” says official executive Brent Leggs.

“We created the Action Fund as a social movement to help empower communities,” Leggs explains, but also to “showcase the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history.”

Note: Several of the funders of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund are additionally NPR supporters, including Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, John D. furthermore, Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The in excess of two dozen beneficiaries of the honor include:

The Historic Vernon A.M.E Church, one of only a handful not many structures to endure the 1921 Greenwood Massacre in the prosperous African American people group known as Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Okla.

Notable Mitchelville Freedom Park in Hilton Head, S.C., the primary self-represented town of once in the past oppressed individuals in the United States

The Maxville Interpretative Heritage Center, which recounts to the account of Black lumberjacks from the south enrolled to work in this Oregon logging town

The Chicago home of blues vocalist Muddy Waters

The Baltimore home of writer Lucille Clifton

The awards, extending from $50,000 to $150,000, will bolster an assortment of protection needs. Notwithstanding reclamation and recovery, a few awards will go toward recruiting new staff and supporting meetings and workshops.

In New Orleans, The Leona Tate Foundation for Change will utilize its award for ventures that will decipher the encounters of the three young ladies, including Tate, who incorporated McDonogh #19, a primary school in the Lower Ninth Ward in 1960. While African Americans cheered the primary graders as they strolled into the school accompanied by their folks and government marshals, white families expelled their understudies from the school.

The Leona Tate Foundation will investigate what befell the young ladies “as they waited outside the Principal’s Office all day while the rest of the students were removed,” as per the Action Fund. The establishment additionally wants to transform the structure into “a space of reconciliation and healing.”

Awards during the current year’s Action Fund added up to $1.6 million. Brent Leggs recognizes that, when you’re discussing regularly expensive noteworthy safeguarding ventures, that is very little. He trusts Americans will be interested to get familiar with the tales of these notable locales, consider them to be a piece of our aggregate history, and be motivated to give to the Fund “so we can scale up our effect” later on.