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Prioritizing music heritage in awareness campaigns for endangered African-American landmarks

Updated: Jun 10

In 2016 the nominations I secured for seven music heritage sites were considered for the National Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture's inaugural "America’s Most Threatened African-American Historical Properties” list. Three were selected! The seven buildings represented significant associations with nationally recognized African-American music artists ranging in genre from ragtime to funk.


Below you'll find the list of nominations with links to further information as well as a collage of photos submitted during the application process. (Please note that these images were current at the time of the application and do not necessarily reflect the present conditions of these buildings). I'm happy to share that four properties on the list are preparing for bright futures but just as important to acknowledge (if not more so) are the remaining three that are still very much endangered.


NOMINATIONS (**selected):


**Cotton Club - Gainesville, FL


**John Coltrane Home - Dix Hills, NY


**Nina Simone Birthplace and Childhood Home - Tryon, NC


United Sound Systems - Detroit, MI


STILL ENDANGERED:


Club Plantation/Bobbin Records - St. Louis, MO


Dew Drop Inn - New Orleans, LA


Trumpet Records - Jackson, MS



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