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Arizona African American Historic Preservation Coalition Initiative


Collecting the stories and preserving the historic buildings of African Americans in Arizona is crucial to understanding and acknowledging the contributions and experiences of this community in the state's history. These buildings and stories serve as tangible evidence of the presence and influence of African Americans, and help to fill the gaps in the historical narrative that often overlook or ignore their contributions. By preserving these cultural landmarks, future generations will have access to a more comprehensive and accurate portrayal of the rich and diverse history of Arizona. Furthermore, the collection of these stories and sites helps to promote a deeper appreciation of the unique culture and heritage of African Americans and provides a sense of pride and identity for members of the community.

This webpage is part of our ongoing effort to gather and compile a collection of various types of resources, including books, publications, photographs, podcasts, websites, and others, for the purpose of sharing with preservation advocates and the general public. It's important to note that the collection is not intended to be complete or exhaustive, but rather an additional source of information and learning opportunities for individuals who are interested in African American history and historic preservation in Arizona. This webpage is meant to be a place for you to explore and discover new information at your own pace, and to let us know if you have information to share.



The Arizona Preservation Foundation has collaborated with advocates, public officials, and the general public over the years to preserve and promote hundreds of historic properties, neighborhoods, and sites throughout Arizona. All parties agree on the need for proactive monitoring of threatened places and seeking out places that may have been overlooked due to geography, age, style, or cultural significance. This list highlights significant initiatives related to Arizona's African American heritage, which may have taken several years or even decades to complete. Additional places exist, so we, as a volunteer organization, ask for your help in documenting and working for their preservation and recognition. Send us a note. We look forward to hearing from you.
















If you have information to share, please let us know! Send us a note and we'll get back to you!

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