African American Experience Fund
Bringing African American stories to the forefront of our national history.
Established in 2001, the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund (AAEF) raises funds and establishes partnerships that support national park sites and projects that tell the stories of African Americans. Work supported by AAEF spans from helping to establish new national park sites and long overdue preservation efforts to enhancing interpretation and creating new engagement opportunities in parks. By expanding efforts to bring African American stories to the forefront of our national history, projects supported by AAEF are helping amplify African American histories, past and present, in the broader American story.
NPF played a significant role in creating this park by providing the necessary funding through AAEF in 2013 to purchase the historic property from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.'s Friendship Foundation.
NPF provided the funding necessary to acquire the Evers' home from Tougaloo College and transfer it to the National Park Service. Currently, NPF is providing support for capacity and programmatic development as the park plans the 60th commemoration of the assassination of Medgar Evers.
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