The sites and organizations working to preserve the elements of black history and the culture would get a much needed shot in their arms to keep continuing their work.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide grants worth over $1.6 million to 22 organisations and sites, which are trying to preserve Black History and Culture. As reported by ABCNews, the grants would be given across four broad categories of capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation.
The grants were announced by The National Trust for Historic Preservation during the 25th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans. Brent Leggs, executive director of the trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, said that "The recipients of this funding shine a light on once lived stories and Black culture, some familiar and some yet untold, that weave together the complex story of American history in the United States."
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander said that "Beyond saving important African American heritage sites, the Action Fund is helping Americans understand more deeply who we are as a nation." He also added that "We applaud the ongoing work of the Action Fund in calling greater attention to the diversity of American history and lifting up narratives that have been too long neglected or forgotten."
Some of the recipients of this year's fund include the home of Negro League Baseball star Satchel Paige (Kansas City, Missouri), Langston Hughes House (Harlem, New York), Emmett Till Memorial Commission (Summer, Mississippi), 'The Forum' (Chicago), the Harriet Tubman Home (Auburn, New York) among others.