City of Montgomery awarded $50,000 NPS grant to study sites significant to African American and Civil Rights history
MONTGOMERY – The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service awarded a $50,000 grant to the City of Montgomery to survey, plan, research and document significant places in African American History and the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery in order to develop a comprehensive understanding to better protect and preserve its historic resources.
“Neighborhoods throughout Montgomery played an absolutely central role in the story of our nation’s Civil Rights Movement,” Mayor Todd Strange said. “We thank Interior Secretary Zinke and everyone in our organization who helped make this possible. The project will help us better prepare to tell the story of one of Montgomery’s most historically significant neighborhoods, including Centennial Hill – a vital piece of the Civil Rights Movement, while also enabling us to continue working hand-in-hand with community members to revitalize our city.”
The Montgomery Civil Rights Survey/Planning/Research/Documentation grant brings the total combined NPS African American Civil Rights grants funding to $965,720 in Montgomery alone. Other projects receiving funding include The Restoration of Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church Memorial Annex, Moore Building Master Plan and Phase I Rehabilitation and the Freedom Rides Museum 60th Anniversary. The City applied for the grant last summer, under the leadership of Planning Director Robert Smith.
“Montgomery’s rich Civil Rights history needs to be surveyed, planned, researched and documented in this pre-development study that will lead to development projects that will preserve, protect and better promote and educate people about all of our Civil Rights sites and history,” Smith said.