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    African American Heritage Preservation Foundation—Preserving and Building Awareness of Our Nation’s African American History

    In honor of African American History Month, the College of Public Service and the Center for Public Service would like to recognize the work of the African American Heritage Preservation Foundation (AAHPF). Established in 1994 by E. Renée Ingram, the AAHPF was created to help preserve, maintain, and raise awareness about endangered or little-known African American historical sites located in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. The organization offers resources to community groups, preservationists, genealogical and historical societies, not-for-profit organizations, and government groups looking for help in preserving African American historical sites and history.

    Ingram began the foundation as a result of efforts she had made to preserve her family’s cemetery. The cemetery had become endangered but was eventually placed on the Commonwealth of Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Through grants and partnerships with museums, universities, national parks and preservations organizations, and councils, the AAHPF is able to assist in the preservation of African American heritage by offering historical research, renovations, or repairs required in preserving historic sites.

    The organization works on projects that raise awareness or funds to help preserve the grounds or structures of historic schools, districts, religious institutions, or other important African American heritage home sites. The AAHPF has also helped establish historic highway markers in honor of notable African American historical figures.

    AAHPF has also offered workshops for educators, architects, designers, preservationists, and urban planners. These workshops offer an opportunity for participants to explore the historic fabric of Washington, DC to help develop K-12 curricula. One of their previous workshops was conducted at three locations: Howard University's School of Architecture and Design, the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, and the Anacostia Public Library.

    College of Public Service students, teachers, middle school students, communities, or others interested in the AAHPF or in preserving an African American historical site can visit the AAHPF online at http://www.aahpfdn.org/

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