Harford County has awarded $1 million in its first grant program dedicated to preserving African American history.
According to a County press release, applications for Harford’s African American Heritage Grants were solicited in July for projects that contribute to the research, preservation, and interpretation of local African American history. Individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and local governments were eligible to apply.
Harford County’s Historic Preservation Commission reviewed submissions and made recommendations to the county executive for the awards. Funding for the program was included in the budget proposed by the county executive and approved by the County Council for the fiscal year 2023.
“The people and places that came before us helped shape Harford County,” County Executive Glassman said. “African Americans are integral to our story and this program will raise up this heritage for future generations.”