Your donation will support our current and planned initiatives:


http://www.savethetannerhouse.orgSave henry O Tanner House

Support the Friends of Henry O. Tanner House – This house is endangered of potential demolition. The friends need and initial $70000 for immediate limited stabilization with longer term goals of $300,000 – $500000 in funds to stabilize the property and find a new non-profit steward for the property located at 2908 W. Diamond St. donate directly to them at


 Our mission is to support efforts for all endangered properties.  We would like to provide a Donation Restoration Grant of – $2000.   Please donate to sppaaa for this and other efforts.

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 – YOUR DONATION IS NEEDED.  


Update Property Database – We are currently updating and populating A 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 when requested by a property owner.  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.  We welcome volunteers or financial support for these projects. Our more urgent nominations will be to support owners who feel their properties are 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

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