Two Raleigh cemeteries, a neighborhood in Durham and a school building in Franklin County will be among nine sites associated with African-American history in North Carolina to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places thanks in part to a federal grant announced Monday.
The $70,000 grant to the State Historic Preservation Office will help underwrite applications for nine properties statewide, including Oberlin Cemetery and Oak Grove Cemetery in Raleigh and the College Heights neighborhood near N.C. Central University in Durham. The other applications will nominate six Rosenwald schools across the state, including the Concord School in Franklin County.
The Underrepresented Community Grant from the National Park Service will be matched by in-kind services and cash from Preservation Durham, the Raleigh Historic Development Commission and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, which has helped document the history of the six Rosenwald schools. The two cemeteries in Raleigh served African-American communities, Oberlin Village and Method, that were established after the Civil War.
The State Historic Preservation Office will prepare the nominations in 2017.