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National Park Service awards $21 million to help preserve African American civil rights history

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Five sites chosen in South Carolina

The National Park Service (NPS) awarded $21 million to 37 projects in 16 states as part of the Historic Preservation Fund’s African American Civil Rights grant program, which funds preservation projects and efforts of sites tied to the struggle of African Americans to gain equal rights.

“The National Park Service is proud to award this grant funding to our state and local government, and nonprofit partners to help them recognize places and stories related to the African American experience,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “Since 2016, the African American Civil Rights program has provided over $100 million to document, protect, and celebrate the places, people, and stories of one of the greatest struggles in American history.”

Five projects were listed in South Carolina:

• Booker T. Washington High School Auditorium Building Rehabilitation at the University of South Carolina in Columbia ($5,000,000)

• Stabilization and Preservation Planning of the Former Edgewood School, an “Equalization School,” Now Serving as Edgewood Community Center in Ninety Six, SC. ($750,000)

• Phase II Preservation of All Star Bowling Lanes, Center for Creative Partnerships in Orangeburg ($750,000)

• Preservation and Repair of Historic Trinity United Methodist Church: Phase IV in Orangeburg ($750,000)

• 2022 Lincoln High School Preservation Application – Phase II, Lincoln High School Preservation Alumni Association ($750,000)

Administered by the NPS, Congress may appropriate HPF funds to support a variety of historic preservation projects to help preserve the nation’s cultural resources. For fiscal year 2023, $24 million will be available for African American Civil Rights grants in the summer of 2023.

For more information about NPS historic preservation programs and grants, please visit

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