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Demopolis receives $260K grant

STAFF REPORT

The Selma Times-Journal

Gaineswood in Demopolis, a National Historic Landmark and a historic site of the Alabama Historical Commission, is awarded a $260,000 Save America’s Treasures matching grant for needed restoration work.

Noted for its Greek Revival-style architecture and original furnishings, Gaineswood was built between 1843 and 1861 by General Nathan Bryan Whitfield.

The funds are to be used to address moisture problems of the roof and exterior walls.

An Official Project of Save America’s Treasures, Gaineswood is one of 61 projects in 29 states and the District of Columbia to receive funds.

By law, each award requires a dollar-for-dollar non-federal match. States, localities, corporations, foundations, and individuals who value America’s heritage have pledged support for these important projects through financial contributions and in-kind services.

Another Alabama landmark to receive funding is Bethel Baptist Church and the Historic Bethel Baptist Church Community Restoration Fund in Birmingham. This National Historic Landmark church served as the headquarters of the Birmingham civil rights movement from 1956-1961 and was the target of three bombings in the years prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A $215,000 Save America’s Treasures award will be used to reinforce failed roof trusses and repair exterior water damage.

Save America’s Treasures is a national effort to protect America’s threatened cultural treasures, including historic structures, collections, works of art, maps, and journals that document and illuminate the history and culture of the United States.

Established by Executive Order in February 1998, Save America’s Treasures was originally founded as the centerpiece of the White House National Millennium Commemoration and as a public-private partnership that included the White House, the National Park Service, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of America’s priceless historic legacy, Save America’s Treasures works to recognize and rescue the enduring symbols of American tradition that define us as a nation.

Honorary Chair Laura Bush leads this effort along with co-chairs Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and noted author Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mrs. Bush succeeds former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton who continues to support the program as its Founding Chair.