The African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act (S. 3667/H.R. 6805) introduced by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC), Donald McEachin (D-VA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), would authorize the National Park Service, in consultation with the National Trust and Black heritage organizations, to establish a $3 million annual grant program to aid preservation efforts across the country through research, documentation, conservation, and interpretation of historic African American burial grounds. The legislation ensures that descendant-led organizations preserving African American burial grounds can receive grant funding to protect these sacred landscapes that tell the earliest stories of Black America’s sacrifice and achievements.
On May 23, Lawana Holland-Moore, Program Officer of the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, participated in a webinar, “Historic African American Cemeteries,” hosted by Cultural Heritage Partners. She discussed the importance of the legislation alongside advocates from the National Parks Conservation Association and the Coalition for American Heritage. Watch the webinar below.