Mellon Foundation grants $800K for Heartland Project

Paris Young, a political science major, works with Georgetown resident Irene Moore to document newspaper clippings and photos about a segregated one-room schoolhouse in Worton that Moore attended.

CHESTERTOWN — Washington College’s new community history initiative, Chesapeake Heartland: An African American Humanities Project, is gaining momentum with the announcement of an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an $89,000 grant from the State of Maryland and a $100,000 gift from a private foundation.

Developed at Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, and with an array of community partners, Chesapeake Heartland will launch a three-year initiative to digitize, share and curate more than three centuries of African American history. The project also will develop a new model of public history that can eventually serve other communities around the Chesapeake region and beyond, a news release states.

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