National Park Service provides $500K in support of diversity

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The Galvan Ballroom, Corpus Christi, TX
The Galvan Ballroom, Corpus Christi

The National Park Service recently announced 13 recipients of Underrepresented Communities grants. The grants total $500,000 for the identification of resources for future nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. These grants fund a broad range of historic preservation projects that are intended to increase the recognition of resources and events related to traditionally underrepresented groups.

Congress first made $500,000 available for this program in 2014 through the Historic Preservation Fund. The program assists state efforts to broaden representation of Hispanic, African American, Asian American, Native American and Women’s history and culture in the National Register. The National Park Service works with states, local governments and tribes to provide connections to America’s diverse history.

This year’s grants support survey and identification of historic properties for projects in Alaska, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Grants have been previously provided to 48 projects.

Zion Baptist Church, Minneapolis
Zion Baptist Church, Minneapolis

This topic is not new to Mead & Hunt. We routinely identify sites related to underrepresented communities, and in a 2012 survey identified the Galvan Ballroom, a prominent Mexican-American site in Corpus Christi, Texas. The building was listed on the National Register in 2015.

In Minnesota, we documented and evaluated the Zion Baptist Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School–Phyllis Wheatley Community Center. Both of these properties came out of the urban renewal efforts in the Twin Cities and are associated with African American history.

Christina Slattery

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Christina Slattery specializes in historic preservation of transportation and engineering structures. She evaluates the significance of properties ranging from missile defense systems to road corridors, and develops creative mitigation strategies for projects.

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