Support Preservation of African American Burial Grounds

For many years, African American burial grounds across the nation have suffered from a state of disrepair or are inaccessible, and many remain undocumented. These sacred places for tribute and memory are integral to the shared story of our American heritage.

Take action by supporting the African-American Burial Grounds Preservation Act (H.R.6805/S.3667) sponsored by Representatives Alma Adams, Donald McEachin, and Brian Fitzpatrick in the House and Senators Sherrod Brown and Mitt Romney in the Senate. This legislation would authorize the National Park Service, in consultation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Black heritage organizations, to establish a $3 million annual grant program to aid preservation efforts across the country through research, documentation, conservation, and interpretation of historic African American burial grounds. The legislation ensures that descendant-led organizations preserving African American burial grounds can receive grant funding to protect these sacred landscapes that tell the earliest stories of Black America's unimaginable sacrifice and remarkable achievements.

Please join the National Trust in asking your elected officials to support this legislation.

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Photo: Olivewood Cemetery in Houston, Texas (Descendants of Olivewood)