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Fund II Civil Rights Historic Preservation

Engine of a PT-17 Biplane
NPS Photo / Aaliyah Jones


Partnering to help parks preserve historic resources and expand storytelling.

The Fund II Civil Rights Historic Preservation program helps bolster the work of national park sites tied to civil rights history and stories. Projects include developing and implementing digital technologies for storytelling, building project management capacity in parks, and creating on-ramps for people to gain access to careers in national parks.

Established in 2015 with a focus on storytelling in six national parks, the partnership between the National Park Foundation (NPF) and Fund II Foundation has expanded to include additional national park sites, such as Camp Nelson National Monument and Freedom Riders National Monument. Projects funded by the partnership help preserve the historic resources of parks that protect and share civil rights stories throughout the history of our country.

Program Highlights

Cozy library with book-lined shelves and a small wooden desk
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

With a multi-year grant, NPF has provided funds to produce a new orientation film to be shown in the park’s visitor center and other authorized online platforms.  NPF is also providing funds to NPS to start a comprehensive planning process for Frederick Douglas’ home, grounds, education center, and visitor center.

Three-story yellow townhouse with green trim
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site

Following NPS’s outstanding restoration of Carter Woodson’s home, Fund II Foundation provided a grant to restore the two neighboring town houses for visitor contact and interpretation facilities, as well as a grant to fund the fabrication and installation of exhibits and the hiring of an exhibition design firm consultant.

Interior of courthouse, with wooden chairs, bolted to the ground and facing an elevated platform
Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument

NPF has contributed nearly $3 million to Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument, designated in 2023, with full support from the Mellon Foundation and Fund II Foundation. This designation enables the preservation of the Till’s family story and legacy.

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