Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network
After the U.S. Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 1966, sites associated with Georgia's African American heritage were listed in the National Register of Historic Places through the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). Such places as the Camilla-Zach Community Center Historic District in Hancock County, the Atlanta University Center, the Laurel Grove–South Cemetery in Savannah, the Morton Building and Theatre in Athens, and the Nicholsonville Baptist Church in Chatham County were included in these listings, and federal preservation grants assisted the rehabilitation of some properties.
With the support of HPD, the Georgia Power Company, and the Georgia Humanities Council, GAAHPN developed a poster series, a videotape, and a heritage tourism brochure highlighting African American resources in Georgia. A guide, incorporating case studies of successful preservation projects, was developed to provide a contextual study of African American history in Georgia. Internship programs were implemented by HPD to support these initiatives, which were recognized during Black History Month at the state capitol. In 1994 the work of both the SHPO and GAAHPN was recognized with an Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
In 2000 a milestone was achieved when a full-time position for African American programs was approved by the Georgia legislature. With staff support, the GAAHPN Steering Committee developed
GAAHPNUniversity of Georgia School of Environmental Design, was held in Plains. GAAHPN also supported the National Park Service's special resource study of the Gullah/Geechee culture in southeastern coastal regions.
GAAHPN collaborates with a number of regional initiatives to provide technical assistance to African American Augusta. GAAHPN also collaborates with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the Georgia Civil War Commission.
GAAHPN continues to celebrate African American heritage in Georgia, with the hope that all Georgia communities will embrace diversity as a unique opportunity to enhance heritage tourism and historic preservation.
Media Gallery: Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network