Church where Emmett Till's open casket drew world's attention makes list of endangered historic places
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.
"Mamie Till Mobley's courage — and Roberts Temple's willingness to open its doors to anyone who wanted to bear witness to the ravages of racial hatred — changed our nation forever.
The National Trust believes that we must work together to ensure that this place, so important to our country's history, is preserved to tell its powerful story for future generations," said the Trust's Chief Preservation Officer Katherine Malone-France.
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.
A preservation group's annual list of Indiana's most endangered historic structures is out. The list includes two schools that provided unprecedented learning opportunities to African Americans - Gary Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana and Union Literary Institute in Union City, Indiana.