Alabama to receive over $2.3 million in grants to preserve civil rights history

Birmginham 16th Street Baptist Church
Birmginham's historic 16th Street Baptist Church.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Parks Service announced $12.6 million in grants to fund 51 projects in 24 states across the nation. The grants have been provided to preserve sites and highlight stories connected to the Civil Rights movement, and events leading up to it.

Alabama itself will be receiving over $2.3 million in grants for projects within the state, including the repair and preservation of the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Ala., and the restoration and rehabilitation of the Perry County Jailhouse. in Marion, Ala.

“An integral part of the Interior and National Park Service mission is to help preserve and tell America’s story,” said Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior. “These grants will benefit places across the nation that help tell an essential piece of that story through the African American struggle for civil rights and equality.”

“Through the work and engagement of public and private partners, these grants will preserve a defining part of our nation’s diverse history,” Dan Smith, Deputy Director of the National Park Service said. “By working with local communities to preserve these historic places and stories, we will help tell a more complete narrative of the African American experience in the pursuit of civil rights.”

A full list of grants designated for Alabama and the projects they will be funding is as follows:

Alabama The Restoration of Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church Memorial Annex Mount Zion Center Foundation, Inc. $500,000
Alabama Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Perry County Jailhouse Perry County Commission $500,000
Alabama Preservation, Repair and Restoration of the Historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church: Phase III Sixteenth Street Baptist Church $500,000
Alabama Moore Building Master Plan and Phase I Rehabilitation Alabama Historical Commission $365,720
Alabama Second Phase Continuation in the Preservation of Brown Chapel AME Historic Brown Chapel AME Church Preservation Society, Inc. $300,000
Alabama 21st Century Preservation & the Next Generation of Global Activism: Archives Preservation and Digitization Project Birmingham Civil Rights Institute $44,918
Alabama Civil Rights Struggle in the Shoals University of North Alabama $45,364
Alabama Freedom Rides Museum 60th Anniversary Commemoration Exhibit Plans Alabama Historical Commission $50,000
Alabama Montgomery Alabama Civil Rights Survey/Planning/Research/Documentation City of Montgomery $50,000