The historic preservation and interpretation of African-American
sites is an important goal of the Foundation. To help accomplish
this goal, the Foundation conducts activities that encourage
dialogue on such sensitive topics as slavery. Such discussions
include examining how sites and stories related to slavery
should be interpreted not only for heritage preservation
but also for building visitor awareness in Heritage Tourism.
integrating African-American stories into existing site
interpretations, this approach encourages a more authentic
picture of history. It reveals African-American contributions
to the unfolding history of the site and encourages people
in such a way that will often reveal other African-American
stories and sites that add to the body of resources that
can be preserved.