Harriet Tubman’s home in Auburn, New York, can also be among the grant recipients. Other awardees include the African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School in Boston; the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston; and God’s Little Acre in Newport, RI.
“The recipients of the financing shine a light on once lived stories and Black culture, some familiar and some yet inexplicable, which weave together the complex narrative of American history at the United States,” Brent Leggs, executive director of the Action Fund, said during the announcement in the 25th Essence Festival in New Orleans.
A poet, activist, and one of the most important figures of the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes dwelt in the East Harlem house at 20 East 127th Street for the past twenty years of his life. The Italianate-style brownstone was constructed in 1869 and made by architect Alexander Wilson, based on the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s (LPC) report.
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Part of this African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund–aimed at uplifting and restoring historical places that discover stories of African Americans–that the sites will receive more than $1.6 million in grants, according to a National Trust announcement.
Langston Hughes’s Harlem brownstone is one of 22 sites throughout the country that received a National Trust for Historic Preservation ban, the New York Daily News earliest reported.
The brownstone is currently home to the that I, also, Arts Collective nonprofit, that preserves Hughes’s heritage and supports emerging artists from underrepresented communities. And that was thanks to Renee Watson, a Harlem writer along with the organization’s founder, who launched a crowdfunding campaign back in 2016 to lease the home –that was vacant for years–and turn it in the space that it is today.