Sewell Announces $3.6 Million in Federal Funding for the Preservation of African-American Historic Sites
More than $3.6 million in funding, from the National Park Service’s African-American Civil Rights Grant program, has been awarded to Alabama to preserve historic sites related to African-American history in the ‘State.
Eleven historic sites in Alabama have been selected to receive funding, either directly or through associated organizations, including St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation and Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma.
“I am thrilled that more than $3.6 million in National Park Service funding is being invested in Alabama to preserve the living history of the civil rights movement,” U.S. Representative Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, said in a statement. press release released on Monday. “As a representative of the U.S. Civil Rights District, I am proud to lead the Congressional effort each year to increase funding for the National Park Service’s Civil Rights Historic Preservation Grant Program to ensure the longevity of the he history of civil rights in the United States is a great victory for the State of Alabama and the many foot soldiers and freedom fighters on whose shoulders we stand.
$469,500 in funds donated to the Alabama Historical Commission will be used specifically for the “stabilization and preservation” of the wreckage of the scuttled slave ship Clotilda, the last known vessel to transport enslaved peoples to the United States. Additionally, nearly $500,000 is being donated to Auburn University to preserve Tankersley Rosenwald School in Hope Hull, one of 14 schools built in Montgomery County in the early 1900s with grants from the Fund. Rosenwald to provide educational opportunities for African Americans living in rural southern counties. . An additional $500,000 will be awarded to the Mount Zion Center Foundation in Montgomery for renovations and rehabilitation of the Memorial Annex building at Mount Zion AME Zion Church.
Dr. Charles P. Everett, IV, president of the Mount Zion AME Center Foundation, thanked Sewell for his efforts in the foundation grant application process by providing information about the program through grant workshops.
“The genesis of our success began with Congresswoman Sewell,” said Dr. Charles P. Everett, IV, president of the Mount Zion AME Center Foundation, in a statement Monday. “She provided insight through grant workshops, which helped our efforts to form a team to work towards a successful application. We believe that when God gives you a vision, provision will follow. We are grateful to the Congresswoman, to God, and to the entire team at the Mount Zion AME Center Foundation.
A full list of awarded funds and grant recipients is included below.
- $500,000 to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Birmingham for preservation, restoration and repair.
- $50,000 to the Birmingham Black Radio Museum for the permanent exhibit at the Carver Theatre.
- $499,799 to Auburn University for the stabilization and exterior rehabilitation of Tankersley Rosenwald School in Hope Hull.
- $469,500 to the Alabama Historical Commission for the stabilization and preservation of the schooner Clotilda in Mobile, the last known slave ship to import enslaved Africans into the United States.
- $500,000 to the Mount Zion Center Foundation, Inc. in Montgomery for the rehabilitation of the Memorial Annex at Mount Zion AME Zion Church.
- $50,000 to the Alabama Historical Commission for the interior exhibit plan of the Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery.
- $50,000 to the City of Montgomery for the civil engineering of “The Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama: The Planned Destruction of a Thriving African-American Community”.
- $46,588 to Auburn University for “Memory and March: Oral Histories with Selma Foot Soldiers”.
- $500,000 to the Historic Brown Chapel AME Church Preservation Society, Inc. for the preservation of Selma’s endangered historic Brown Chapel AME Church.
- $500,000 to Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL Legacy Foundation, Inc. for Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church critical systems and accessibility upgrades.
- $499,521 to the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth & Reconciliation for the rehabilitation of the historic Sullivan Building for use as a community and cultural center.