May 9th, 2012
Historic sites compete for $3 million in grants
New York, NY - Several historical landmarks that have been and/or are important today in the African American community need help securing grants for their preservation. The Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn, Apollo Theater in Manhattan, Caribbean Cultural Center in Manhattan, Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens and Rossville African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Staten Island need your votes in this program to spotlight historic preservation.
Forty historic New York places representing all five boroughs are competing for $3 million in grants through Partners in Preservation, a collaboration between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The public is urged to vote online through May 21, 2012 for the preservation projects most important to them. The sites with the most votes will get the largest of $3 million in grants. Vote online at either www.PartnersinPreservation.com or www.Facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation.
The top four vote-getters are guaranteed to receive grants for their preservation projects. A Partners in Preservation advisory committee of community and preservation leaders, will select sites that will receive the rest of the $3 million in grants.
Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. American Express has committed more than $15 million to Partners in Preservation, helping historic sites in six cities to date, which includes preservation projects in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle and Saint Paul/Minneapolis and has engaged more than a million people.