(TALLAHASSEE, FLA) - The National Association for the Preservation of African-American History and Culture, Inc. (NAPAAHC) is seeking nominations for its 2nd annual list of America’s Most Threatened African-American Historical Properties. The list was created as a mechanism to encourage the preservation of historical structures that are in danger of being demolished or irreversibly damaged. With this list, the organization hopes to contribute to saving homes, businesses, churches, or schools that have played a significant role in the furtherance of the African-American experience.
The NAPAAHC is requesting that various historical societies, museums, cultural/arts institutions, libraries, heritage organizations, historians, and preservation groups, as well as concerned citizens contribute to saving properties by submitting an application.
Nomination forms may be downloaded by visiting the NAPAAHC’s website.
Established in 2013, The National Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture, Inc. holds an unwavering commitment to saving and advocating for the preservation of African-American historic properties. In order to accomplish this great and important task, we continually seek the public's help and support in identifying these landmarks worthy of being saved.
"We are pleased to continue our efforts to save, protect and interpret treasured African-American sights of note in communities throughout the country," said Delaitre Hollinger, Executive Director of the NAPAAHC. "It is my hope that through the hard work and dedication of committed individuals involved in these important missions, that this list can continue to make a difference in saving this great history."
The inaugural list of eight properties, unveiled on January 5, 2016 included:
1. Nina Simone Birthplace and Childhood Home – North Carolina
2. Old Leon County Jail (Firestone Building) - Florida
3. Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence – New York
4. The John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills – New York
5. The Cotton Club - Florida
6. Kershaw-Nims House - Florida
7. Gibbs Cottage - Florida
8. Geddie–Speed Store - Florida
For more information, visit www.blackpreservation.org.
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