Fundraising parade at the Galesville School/Community Center, 1957. Photo from Maryland Historical Trust.

African American Heritage Preservation Projects Receive $1 Million in Grants

By Preservation Maryland

On February 2, 2021, during Black History Month, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and the Maryland Historical Trust announced newly awarded African American Historic Preservation Program Grant recipients.

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and the Maryland Historical Trust jointly administer the program to promote the preservation of Maryland’s African American heritage sites. This is the tenth year of grants since the program’s launch, marking $10 million total in funding awarded to 128 grant projects.

Thirteen projects across Maryland were awarded a total of $1 Million from the FY2021 African American Historic Preservation Program Grant. Grants fund construction projects at important sites throughout the state. This year’s projects include museums, cemeteries, an interpretive memorial, a historic lodge, community centers, and a historic school.


Detail from Bromley Atlas of Baltimore City, 1896, plate 19, image courtesy of Johns Hopkins University.

Laurel Cemetery
Laurel Cemetery Memorial Project, Inc.
Baltimore City

Oliver Street Firehouse. Photo by Baltimore Heritage, 2017.

Historic Oliver Community Firehouse
African American Fire Fighters Historical Society, Inc.
Baltimore City

African American Heritage Center
The African American Resources-Cultural and Heritage Society. Inc.
Frederick, Frederick County

Carver School. Photo from City of Cumberland.

Carver School
Mayor and City Council of Cumberland
Cumberland, Allegany County

Diggs-Johnson Museum
Friends of Historical Cherry Hill A.U.M.P., Inc.
Granite, Baltimore County

Kennedy Farm/John Brown Raid Headquarters
John Brown Historical Foundation, Inc.
Sharpsburg, Washington County

Galesville Community Center
Galesville Community Center Organization, Inc.
Galesville, Anne Arundel County

Howard House
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Brookeville, Montgomery County

Bazzel Church
Good Shepherd Association
Cambridge, Dorchester County

Mt. Zoar AME Church
Mount Zoar African Methodist Episcopal Church
Conowingo, Cecil County

Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center
Prince George’s African-American Museum and Cultural Center at North Brentwood, Inc.
North Brentwood, Prince George’s County

Millard Tydings Memorial Park
The Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton Memorial Fund, Inc.
Havre de Grace, Harford County

Fords Ashbury Lodge, 2007. Photo by William Pfingsten on Historic Marker Database.

Union of Brothers and Sisters of Fords Asbury Lodge No. 1
The Union of Brothers and Sisters of Fords Asbury, Inc.
White Marsh, Baltimore County



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