$2 million in preservation grants aim to highlight diversity

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Twenty sites that show the country’s diversity and the fight for equality are vying for $2 million in preservation grant funding.

The project is a collaboration between The National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express and Main Street America.

The public has from Monday through Oct. 26 to vote for their favorite location and then the money will be apportioned to the top vote getters.

Sites include the Alabama church where four black girls were killed during a bombing in 1963, a church in Los Angeles that was a hub for Mexican immigrants and a Miami building often referred to as the Ellis Island of the South because of its support for Cuban refugees.

Germonique Ulmer from The National Trust for Historic Preservation says the sites are a “wonderful collection” that “help bring together the story of our diverse nation.”

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