A total of 40 recipients, including four Black churches, have been selected to receive a grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant aims to support the restoration of these facilities, enabling them to effectively convey the narrative of “Black Americans’ activism, achievements, and resilience.” In the current year, the fund has already awarded a total of $4 million to 35 Black churches. As per reports, the four sites that have been selected to receive grants are as follows: Fourth Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia; Second Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan; Zion Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and The Mount Zion Cemetery and Female Union Band Society Cemetery, Washington D.C.
Christian Headlines reports:
Four Black churches are among 40 recipients of a historic preservation grant that will help restore the facilities.
The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that the funds will be used to help tell “the story of Black Americans’ activism, achievement and resilience,” the fund’s executive director, Brent Leggs, told the Religion News Service.
“Black churches are the oldest American institutions founded by Black people. They are at the center of communities,” Leggs said.
According to CBN News, the fund has already given 35 black churches a total of $4 million this year.
The most recent grants range from $50,000 to $155,000 and can be used in the restoration of church buildings or toward maintaining church staff, project development, and educational programs.
The grant use was also supported by input from Conserving Black Modernism, a group that works to preserve Black architecture and designs.
According to the RNS, the four sites receiving the grants are the following: the Fourth Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia; Second Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan; Zion Baptist Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and The Mount Zion Cemetery and Female Union Band Society Cemetery in Washington D.C.
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