Rosenwald Schools Mapping Project Receives National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant

January 17, 2017 by Kirsten Hower

On January 12th, the National Trust for Historic Preservation received a $50,000 federal grant through the National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant Program for the Rosenwald Schools Mapping Project. The funded project will enhance documentation and interpretation of extant Rosenwald Schools and the stories they tell. Using story maps, combining spatial information with text and audiovisuals will promote greater understanding of the schools' past and present.

"Through the African American Civil Rights Grant Program, we're helping our public and private partners tell unique and powerful stories of the African American struggle for equality in the 20th Century," National Park Service Acting Director Michael Reynolds said.

In 2016 Congress appropriated funds through the historic preservation fund for the $7.75 million grant program in support of historic preservation of sites associated with the civil rights movement and stories of the African American experience. In total, 39 projects (including projects two other National Treasures sites, A.G. Gaston Motel and Pauli Murray House) were funded in over 20 states.

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