In an press release on her website, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7) announced that a $3.5 million federal grant has been allocated to sites important to the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Selma.
Sewell said that funding was secured through the National Park Service, which has administered other Civil Rights Movement preservation projects such as Mrs. Amelia Boynton House in Selma.
$500,000 was allocated for repairs to Tabernacle Baptist Church with the grantee being Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL Legacy Foundation Inc. The foundation was given $37,000 for “Oral Histories: Selma’s Voting Rights Women Foot Soldiers” as well.
Tabernacle Baptist received a $87,950 grant in 2019.
“Even as we remain laser focused on doing everything within our power to prevent the spread of COVID-19; we must still remember the importance of investing in the preservation of the remarkable history of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District,” said Sewell.
“Our history is one of joining together as a community to persevere in the face of insurmountable odds, a history that we are collectively leaning on in the face of this pandemic. I am grateful for this meaningful investment from the National Park Services, understanding that in reflecting on our history we may forge a better future.”
See the online announcement for a list of other Civil Rights Movement heritage sites and projects that were granted funds for preservation.