In late February, the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act (S. 3667/H.R. 6805) was introduced in the Senate by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mitt Romney (R-UT), and in the House by Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC), Donald McEachin (D-VA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The legislation would authorize the National Park Service to establish a $3 million grant program, in coordination and collaboration with governmental, private, and nonprofit partners, to aid efforts across the country to research, identify, document, preserve, and interpret historic African American burial grounds.
The protection and documentation of African American burial grounds has long been neglected. Many African American burial grounds are in a state of disrepair, inaccessible, or unmapped. In the 116th Congress, the African American Burial Grounds Network Act was introduced to create a voluntary national network of historic African American burial grounds. The newly introduced legislation takes more immediate steps by establishing a competitive grant program to aid localities in acquiring the funding necessary to preserve these burial sites. The National Trust for Historic Preservation strongly supports this important legislation.
Please join the National Trust in asking your elected officials to support this legislation.