FREDERICK COUNTY, MD (WDVM) – Several local organizations recently received a $ 50,000 grant from the Maryland Historical Trust to recognize African American contributions.
The Frederick County Planning and Permitting Division, the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society Inc. and the Frederick County African Cultural Resources and Heritage Society (AARCH) will receive this grant.
The project, called “Reclaiming Identity: A Survey of Cultural Resources in Northern Frederick County,” was created in direct response to the fact that African-American contributions to the county’s development have been overlooked. The grant will support a project to identify and register existing structures associated with African Americans in northern Frederick County.
The project started with a virtual forum to engage the community and leave room for residents to contribute to the project.
Amanda Whitmore, Frederick County Historic Preservation Planner, said: “Sometimes the information is in people’s memories and stories, so we want to let the community know not just about this project and what we are looking for. to do, but we also want to get information from them about their memories and the stories of African Americans.
This is only the first phase – they will be looking for additional grants to then look at the eastern part of the county. This project will be completed in the spring of next year.