By Chevel Johnson, The Associated Press

More than $1.6 million in grants are going to 22 sites and organizations to help preserve Black history.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the grants Friday during the 25th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.

In this June 13, 2007 file photo, a youth walks by the Langston Hughes House, center, covered in ivy, in New York’s Harlem section. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

The trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s executive director, Brent Leggs, says the recipients “shine a light on once lived stories and Black culture.”

Grants are given across four categories: capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation.

In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 file photo, Rev. Paul Gordon Carter, manager of the Harriet Tubman Home, leads a tour at the historic site in Auburn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

This year’s awardees include the home of Negro League Baseball phenom Satchel Paige; the Emmett Till Memorial Commission; ‘The Forum’ in Chicago’s Bronzeville and more.


Chevel Johnson

Associated Press