OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — An African American museum in Oakland is among the many recipients of $3 million in grants introduced Thursday being distributed to teams and websites preserving landmarks linked to Black historical past.
The African American Cultural Heritage Motion Fund, which was fashioned in response to the lethal racial violence 4 years in the past in Charlottesville, Virginia, stated Thursday its grants for greater than three dozen teams and websites nationwide. Recipients of cash from the embrace a consortium of civil rights websites and Black church buildings in Alabama; work to determine an African American heritage path in Colorado; and preservation of the church the place Emmett Until’s funeral was held in Chicago after his lynching in Mississippi in 1955.
Different grants introduced Thursday embrace cash to rent a director for Save Harlem Now!, a historic preservation effort in New York; repairs to the African American Museum and Library in Oakland, California; and analysis on enslaved folks at Hacienda La Esperanza in Puerto Rico.
Grants starting from $50,000 to $150,000 will go to recipients that symbolize centuries of Black expertise and assist inform the complete story of U.S. historical past, stated Brent Leggs, govt director of the fund. The nation ought to “worth the hyperlink between structure and racial justice,” Leggs stated.
“I believe it’s critically essential to acknowledge that the nation could also be wealthy in numerous historical past however it has typically completed a poor job in representing that historical past,” he stated.
Grants are going to tasks in 17 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
The Motion Fund was established by the Nationwide Belief for Historic Preservation after clashes in the course of the “Unite the Proper” rally in Charlottesville in 2017 ended with the demise of Heather Heyer, a civil rights activist. A white supremacist demonstrator who drove his automotive into a bunch of individuals was convicted in her killing and sentenced to life.
“These grants will positively impression 40 communities nation-wide and consequence within the creation of a visual, preserved legacy of African American contributions,” Lonnie Bunch, the primary Black individual to guide the Smithsonian Establishment, stated in a press release.
The Motion Fund, with $50 million in funding from non-public donors, calls itself the most important effort ever to protect websites linked to African American historical past.
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