• New Bill Would Establish Emmett Till, Mamie Till-Mobley and Roberts Temple National Historic Site

    March 24, 2021

    This month, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced legislation (S. 795) that would establish Chicago’s Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ as a national historic site in the National Park System. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined as original cosponsors. Civil rights activist Mamie Till Mobley was a member of Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, which was the location of the historic funeral of her 14-year-old son who was brutally murdered in August 1955 during a visit to Money, Mississippi for offending a white woman in a country store. The death of Till and his subsequent open-casket funeral, attended by tens of thousands of people, became a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

    The National Trust placed Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ on its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list in 2020 and has provided grants and technical assistance to restore and preserve the site. The Trust will continue our work at this historic location in partnership with members of the Till and Roberts families, The Emmett Till Interpretive Center, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Latham & Watkins LLP pro bono program, and other interests committed to the longevity of this historic landmark.

  • Endangered Sites of Diversity Webinar Series

    January 5, 2021

    A special series in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation, three programs throughout the month of January highlighting California's most endangered historic sites associated with California's diverse heritage.

    • Part 1: LGBTQ History: Lyon Martin House, San Francisco | 1/19 - 12-1 PM PST
    • Part 2: Immigrant History: Harada House, Riverside | 1/26 - 12 - 1 PM PST
    • Part 3: Native American Heritage: West Berkeley Shellmound, Berkeley | 2/2 - 12-1:00 PM PST

    CPF’s Diversity Series with the National Trust for Historic Preservation highlights endangered California sites, two of which are currently named on the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Since 1988, the annual list publishes information about the imminent threats facing the nation’s greatest treasures. The 2020 list includes a diverse mix of historic places nationwide featuring many of the cultures, stories, and experiences that help tell the full American story. Dozens of sites have been saved through the work of the National Trust, its partners, and local preservationists across the country. This series focuses on three significant California places: the Lyon Martin House in San Francisco, the home of a pioneering lesbian couple, the Harada House in Riverside, the center of a landmark case regarding property ownership by a Japanese family, and the West Berkeley Ohlone Shellmound and Historic Village Site in Berkeley, one of the earliest known Ohlone settlements on the shores of San Francisco Bay, with a village dating back 5,700 years. All three sites are in immediate danger of demolition from development or disrepair.

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Applications for the Telling the Full History Preservation Fund grant program are due December 15, 2021.

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