African American Most Endangered Historic Places for 2019
Willert Park Courts - Buffalo, New York
Willert Park Courts in Buffalo, New York is unique example of early Modernism with bas-reliefs depicting scenes of everyday life, was New York State's first housing project constructed specifically for African Americans. Today, the site is vacant and many of its structures are open to the elements. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority previously proposed demolishing the complex to construct replacement housing.
A school building that Preservation Virginia mistakenly thought was lost was recently found. During an ATV ride through the woods of Mecklenburg County, Heather Minter and her family came across a school building near Boydton, Virginia. She provided photographs to Preservation Virginia, and after researching the images and the location, we determined that it was the Shiloh Rosenwald School.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its annual list of most endangered places. One of the places on the list is the National Negro Opera Company House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago has severe structural issues, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The South Side church where 14-year-old Emmett Till's battered body was displayed in an open casket, lighting fire to the Civil Rights Movement, was designated one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on Thursday, an annual list that brings preservation support.