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.
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.