Today the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HOPE Crew piloted a new program to bring future African American professionals into historic preservation and related careers paths by partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Funded in part by the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, in partnership with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Park Service, the new program’s first project consists of a HOPE Crew team of six Morgan State University architecture students training and working to rehabilitate the oldest museum building in the United States—the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture in Maryland.
“Through this program, we hope to bring more African American young professionals into historic preservation; American craftsmanship; and related fields, such as architecture, landscape design, and urban, regional, and community planning,” said Milford Wayne Donaldson, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. “The preservation community should reflect the diversity of our nation as we work together to capture the true stories—from slaves and abolitionists, to soldiers, and entrepreneurs—that should be preserved in historic places and historic parks.”
You can read the full announcement here.