Black Heritage Preservation Program
Bringing Attention to African American Heritage in Indiana
Preserving and sustaining places that embody Indiana’s Black history
Indiana Landmarks staff joined neighborhood residents to tackle cleanup of Gary's endangered Geter Means House, built by Black real estate developer Geter Means in 1954.
For 30 years, Indiana Landmarks' African American Landmarks Committee has helped identify and save places important to the state's Black heritage, including Indianapolis's Phillips Temple (above).
In Indianapolis, we advocated for new signage in the Flanner House Homes neighborhood, recognizing its historic district status.
Roosevelt High School, Gary's first and only high school built exclusively for African Americans, is vacant and deteriorating, its condition earning it a place on Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered List.
Pride of Place
Indiana Landmarks’ Black Heritage Preservation Program expands the work of the organization’s African American Landmarks Committee, established in 1992 to help identify, save, and celebrate historic African American sites in around the state.
The Black Heritage Preservation Program bolsters efforts to recognize Black heritage by identifying places that should be listed in the National Register of Historic Places and seeking to expand the definition of those eligible for designation to include places where little or no physical evidence remains.
Indiana Landmarks’ Black Heritage Preservation Program is funded by a $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., and generous commitments from private donors and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
Meet the program’s director Eunice Trotter. Have a Black heritage site you’re concerned about? Email Trotter at email@example.com or call 317-639-4534.
As part of its outreach, Indiana Landmarks’ Black Heritage Preservation Program offers scholarship and internship opportunities focused on educating future leaders in the preservation field.
Black Heritage Preservation Program scholarship and internship opportunities are open to Indiana-resident students attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate, graduate student, or post-graduate who identifies as Black or African American.
Black Heritage Preservation Program Scholarship
Indiana-resident students can apply for a $20,000 scholarship to cover education-related expenses at an accredited college or university. Qualified expenses include tuition, books, room and board, and technology. One scholarship will be awarded for the 2023-24 school year. Application deadline is May 12, 2023. Apply here.
Black Heritage Preservation Program Grants
The Black Heritage Preservation Program offers grants ranging from $500 to $40,000 for restoration and preservation of sites important to Black heritage in Indiana. The program also offers grants ranging from $250 to $10,000 for interpretive projects that document and bring public attention to heritage and history that is no longer evidenced by physical sites. To learn more, review the applications guidelines and grant FAQs. When you’re ready to apply, you can download the Black Heritage Preservation Program grant application form.
Indiana Landmarks’ Black Heritage Preservation Program also partners with the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) to make grants through the Standiford H. Cox Fund and the Dovie Stewart Cox & Chester A. Cox Sr. Memorial Fund, grant programs supporting the preservation, operation, and maintenance of historic Black sites across the state. Learn more about these funds by contacting Indiana Landmarks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read about the people that created Indiana’s significant Black landmarks, sites undergoing restoration, and endangered places. Discover the stories.
November 29, 2022
The Forward-Thinking Legacy of St. Rita Catholic Church
Caleb Legg, parishioner and historian of Saint Rita Catholic Church in Indianapolis, shares the church’s cultural heritage and breath-taking Mid-Century Modern architecture in an illustrated talk at Indiana Landmarks Center. Since it was established in 1919 as the first parish in Indianapolis to welcome Black Catholics, Saint Rita Catholic Church in the city’s Martindale area has maintained a forward-thinking reputation. Today, the congregation continues to emphasize community service; at the same time its members are working to make sure the house of worship remains a vital gathering place.