African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Receives $20 Million MacKenzie Scott Grant

June 16, 2021

Lewis Latimer House Museum, Flushing, New York

photo by: Lewis Latimer House Museum | Adrian Sas

On June 15, 2021, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced that she has awarded a grant of $20 million to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The National Trust is one of 286 organizations across the country and around the globe that will receive a total of $2.7 billion in grants from Ms. Scott and her husband, Dan Jewett.

“This inspiring gift,” said Brent Leggs, Executive Director of the Action Fund, “is an affirmation that our work to elevate the significance of Black culture in American history matters, and that preservation of historic landmarks is a form of equity. We are grateful to Ms. Scott and Mr. Jewett for their investment, which scales up our commitment to preserve and tell overlooked stories of African American achievement that are fundamental to the nation itself.”

Read the press release to learn more, and dive deeper into the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund here.

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