Preserving African American History
How should we think about history when there’s nothing to support a narrative?
Tiffany Tolbert, associate director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, says that “just because it’s not there doesn’t mean that we should ignore history”.
As we know, many of the places where significant African American history occurred have been neglected and have gone unrecognized for the important role they hold in the fabric of American society.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes that Black history is American history. Following the 2017 violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia the Trust launched the African American Cultural Heritage Fund with the intention of preserving, protecting and expanding America’s historical narratives.
The National Trust recently awarded 40 sites and organizations over $3 million in grants to preserve African American history. We’ll hear about the mission and work of the African American Cultural Heritage Fund and we’ll learn about this year’s grant recipients. Some grantee’s are a pleasant surprise.
Cover: Fort Monroe First African Marker. Photo: Patti Ferguson (permission granted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation).