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Shaw University Receives $90,000 From African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

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Shaw University Receives $90,000 From African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

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Raleigh, NC – The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced its award of $90,000 to Shaw University. With more than $80 million in funding, the Action Fund is the largest U.S. resource dedicated to the preservation of African American historic places

Shaw University is one of 33 organizations in 2022 to receive a total of $3 million in funding from the Action Fund to protect and preserve sites representing African American history.

These grant funds will support the Window Rehabilitation Project for Tyler Hall (formerly Leonard Medical Hospital),which was built in 1910, and originally served as an affiliated teaching hospital serving the Black community.

Since its inception in 2017, the Action Fund has supported 160 places through its National Grant Program for a total investment of $12.4 million. This year’s list further demonstrates the beauty and complexity of African American life, and includes historic sites tied to Black arts, culture, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, sports, medicine, education, religion, and social justice. These often-overlooked places hold aspects of history that must be protected—and used to draw inspiration and wisdom for the benefit of all Americans. 

“The cultural landscapes and historic buildings featured in this year’s list showcase the breadth and depth of African American life, history, and architecture across generations,” said Brent Leggs, Executive Director, AACHAF. “At the National Trust, we aim to broaden the public’s understanding of the Black experience in America, while also underscoring the very urgent need to identify and protect these sites for the benefit of the communities they have long served. We commend this year’s grantees for advancing this movement and stewarding these invaluable cultural assets into the future.”

Action Fund grants support preservation efforts across four categories:  

  • Building Capital: Supporting the restoration and rehabilitation of cultural assets important to Black history  
  • Increasing Organizational Capacity: Providing leadership staff positions within non-profits stewarding Black heritage sites 
  • Project Planning and Development: Funding planning activities tied to the development of preservation plans, feasibility studies and fundraising 
  • Programming and Education: Advancing storytelling through public education and creative interpretation  
  • Learn more about the Action Fund and the 2022 recipients at www.savingplaces.org/actionfund

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About the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund 

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and other partners, working to make an important and lasting contribution to our cultural landscape by elevating the stories and places of African American resilience, activism, and achievement. Visit savingplaces.org/actionfund

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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. Visit SavingPlaces.org | @savingplaces

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