Your donation will support our current and planned initiatives:


Save henry O Tanner House

Support the Friends of Henry O. Tanner House – This house is endangered of potential demolition. The friends are trying to raise $300,000 in funds to stabilize the property and find a new non-profit steward for the property located at 2908 W. Diamond St. The total cost of the restoration could be up to $500,000 – Our Donation is TBD or a Restoration Grant of – $2000

Byberry Burial Ground

Help Give Dignity to the Byberry Township African American Burial Ground

This site has no clear representation as a sacred burial ground, defining borders or signage to provide protections for those that are interred here. It is located at the edge of the Benjamin Rush State Park in Northeast Philadelphia, however it is not on park land, it is apparently on City land. This will be a long term initiative, but now that we know about it, we are working on it. Stay tuned or volunteer. Our immediate need will be clearing the weeds and providing a temporary border and temporary signage as soon as we can get permission from the City or unknown owners to do this.

This will be a long term project that may cost hundreds of thousands.  We will seek grants to cover the bulk of this cost, except, as noted above for things we can do to oversee the current condition.  –

Update Oct 22 – We have been approved for a small grant to develop and interpretation strategy.  We are required to come up with a $2500 match. Pease help us out.

Our long term needs are TBD

Update Property Database – We are currently updating and populating database of over 500 properties across the city that have some level of historic and cultural significance to African Americans here in Philadelphia. – Prgm Asst – $600

Historic Designations Protect & Acknowledge


We plan to submit nominations for City, State and National designations of local deserving properties. This is a time consuming process that requires a significant amount of research and document preparation. If volunteers are not available to complete these packages, we will pay for nominations to be completed. Our goal is to complete no less than 2 each quarter. We welcome volunteers or financial support for these projects. Our more urgent nominations will be for City historic designations needed to preserve properties endangered by gentrification or potential demolition. City designation is the only designation that saves a property from potential demolition. – $4000


Provide City designated medallions for 25 properties @$75.00 Each Year = $1875

Create physical or virtual Tours $100.00 each = $500

Production of 5000 African American Site Brochures = $600.00

Grant Application Fees (TBD) = $2000.00

Information Tables at Community Events = $2000.00

Funding/honorarium for historic nominations, up to 10 per year @ $1000 each = $10000

Restoration Grant Recipients @$2000.00 per quarter = $8000