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Help Preserve African-American History: America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places® List Now Accepting Nominations

Students in front of a Rosenwald School, created to educate Blacks in the South. Designated as a National Treasure, the schools were funded by Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist and president of Sears, Roebuck & Co and supported by Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee University.
Annual historic preservation list seeks nominations for places that tell the diverse story of our nation
African-American historical sites and landmarks tell the stories of important and oftentimes overlooked parts of our nation’s history. The Rosenwald Schools in South Carolina, the Carter G. Woodson Homes in Washington, DC and the Penn School in St. Helena Island, South Carolina are just three of many sites rich in Black history that were once deemed at risk for destruction or irreparable damage – but today are being preserved with the help of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Since 1988, the National Trust has released its annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places® that highlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk. The list has helped preserve the history of some of the most prominent African-American historic sites across the country. To date, 234 of our country’s greatest treasures have made the list, all of which faced specific and immediate threats. Only a handful have been lost.

Is there an historic and endangered African-American site in your community in need of preservation? The National Trust is recognizing the importance of preserving the traditions, history, and culture of African-Americans by calling for nominations for its 27th annual list. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 3, 2014.

Learn more about the annual list and explore past listings by visiting preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered.

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