Rep. Sewell Announces Over $3.5 Million to Preserve Civil Rights History

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) is thrilled to announce over $3.5 million in federal grant funding through the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve historic African American Civil Rights landmarks throughout Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. Securing funding to ensure the preservation of crucial civil rights history throughout Alabama’s 7th Congressional District has been one of Rep. Sewell’s top priorities since coming into office, and she has worked tirelessly to secure adequate funding through the National Park Service. This round of funding has been allocated for sites in Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Selma. 

“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 Rep. 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.”

“We are ecstatic about all of the support we have gotten from Congresswoman Sewell,” said Mr. Everett, Mt. Zion AME Church. “It was because of her that I learned about the grant funding available to Mt. Zion AME Church, and because of her that I have been able to lead a team of members of the Mt. Zion Center Foundation in developing the grant we just received. We repeat the mantra that “When God gives the vision, provision will always follow”; and we are blessed that God has given us provision through Congresswoman Sewell.”

“We are excited over this award,” said Juanita Owes, Montgomery City-County Public Director. 

“This grant will provide an opportunity for us to preserve this historic building and continue the legacy of service to the population of citizens in that area of the city. It is so important and vital to the rebuilding and preservation of the west side of Montgomery, Alabama.”

“The Alabama Historical Commission is deeply appreciative of Congresswoman Sewell’s dedication to our state and her ongoing efforts to illuminate the world-changing history made here in Alabama,” said Lisa D. Jones, Executive Director of the Alabama Historical Commission. “These funds are specifically enabling AHC to preserve and highlight the saga of the 1961 Freedom Rides as they occurred in Montgomery.”

NPS Grants to Preserve Historic Civil Rights Sites in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District: 

Alabama BirminghamPreservation and Repair of St. Paul United Methodist ChurchSt. Paul United Methodist Church$500,000
Alabama BirminghamRehabilitation of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Phase 4Sixteenth Street Baptist Church$500,000
Alabama BirminghamRehabilitation of the Historic Bethel ChurchHistoric Bethel Baptist Church Community Restoration Fund$345,400
Alabama MontgomeryMontgomery, Alabama Civil Rights Multiple Property NominationAlabama Historical Commission$50,000
Alabama MontgomeryFreedom Rides Museum Exhibit FabricationAlabama Historical Commission$50,000
Alabama MontgomeryRehabilitation of Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church Memorial AnnexMount Zion Center Foundation, Inc$500,000
Alabama MontgomeryPreservation of the Bertha Pleasant Williams LibraryMontgomery City-County Public Library$470,601
Alabama MontgomeryMoore Building Second Floor RehabilitationAlabama Historical Commission$500,000
Alabama SelmaOral Histories: Selma’s Voting Rights Women Foot SoldiersHistoric Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL Legacy Foundation Inc.$37,000
Alabama SelmaCritical Repairs to Tabernacle Baptist Church-Phase IHistoric Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma AL Legacy Foundation Inc.$500,000
Alabama TuscaloosaPreservation Planning for Sheppard LibraryStillman College$50,000