The National Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture, Inc. (NAPAAHC) has received $5,000.00 from the Florida Humanities Council for Florida Stories – (Frenchtown), a project designed to support the creation of cultural heritage walking tours in communities statewide. FHC’s new Florida Stories app is designed to help visitors explore the rich history and heritage of Florida’s diverse communities by creating a digital network of tours statewide. Download tours at www.Flstories.org, or directly from your smartphone.
The NAPAAHC is a Tallahassee-based nonprofit, designed to protect, preserve and display the properties, stories, heritage and legacies of prominent African-Americans who have made significant contributions to the history
of Florida, and to the United States. Namely, the historic Frenchtown community, which dates back to 1824, is the oldest Black neighborhood in Florida; settled by freed slaves soon after the civil war. During the early part of the 20th century, Frenchtown became a vibrant African-American area, replete with businesses, homes, houses of worship and gathering places.
Without the support of the Florida Humanities Council (FHC) this project would not be possible. FHC is the nonprofit statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and as part of its mission, each year awards federal funds to community organizations statewide to create a variety of humanities resources and present hundreds of free public programs. These programs and resources help preserve Florida’s rich cultural heritage, promote civic engagement, and foster connections among humanities scholars, cultural organizations, and community groups across the state. FHC awards also leverage thousands of dollars annually in local matching funds from the numerous nonprofit agencies that are grant recipients.
We look forward to sharing more information with you about this new initiative in the coming months.
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