In the Northern US, Philadelphia, there are African American historical sites that are struggling on trying to stay preserved. These site are in terrible condition and no one is going to them and learning about them because of the horrible conditions they are in. Having these sites can show us many places that were significantly important to African Americans in the past. If confederate statues and sites are still being preserved in good order today than why not fix up these worn down and dieing historical sites that are more appropriate. Giving money to help with this cause and sites nearby will restore and preserve an identity that these streets and areas have.
There were many streets full of non funded historical sites that should have also been helped but only Germantown could be helped. 11 places were selected and 1.5 million dollars was spreaded between them helping many places be fixed up. This idea helped many areas have a historical part of culture stay in their lives and neighborhood but only if there was a little more money to give we could also help protect and and keep all of those other sites.
The sites that are being preserved in Germantown are African American sites including John Trower's building. This building was home to one of the wealthiest black men at the time, John Trower, who even started an association to help colored people buy houses and homes easier. The money will help tidy up and fix up any damages that might keep people away from learning and experiencing. The funding of these places is thought to also make Germantown have a better economy.
These sites can have many effects on the city of Germantown and its people in many ways including tourism might get bigger and community pride will increase. Both of the buildings date back to the 1870's in a very segregated time period in history and both buildings tell different stories about the lives of black people in the past. There were 24 other places that wanted to win this grant and it could have been for more important sites and landmarks that need to kept.
There are two main areas that should be preserved for history purposes in Germantown and they got the funding for it. This article shows why these African American sites and others should be kept, it says that it helps understand what happened there and the importance of the whole country. For example one of the places is a social hall where black army troops in World War 2 were entertained, this teaches the youth about African American veterans.
Having the money be funded to Richmond Virginia and it's historical African American sites could help fix up Shocktoe Bottom, the center of Richmonds past slave trade. Some of these places have unique and interesting backgrounds that need to be preserved so people can learn and see the past. Nothing needs to be torn down, things just need to be built and kept to inform future generations.