Clayborn Temple participates in Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign reflecting American diversity

MEMPHIS, Tenn., September 25, 2018 – American Express and The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with National Main Street Center and its Main Street America program, announced today that their annual Partners in Preservation campaign is headed back to Main Street with a focus on sites that celebrate diversity and the fight for equality. As a participant in the 2018 Partners in Preservation campaign, Clayborn Temple is encouraging the public to visit to secure funding to help preserve this place of local and historical significance. Clayborn Temple served as a prominent fixture during the civil rights movement and was upgraded to national significance in 2017 due to its role in the events of the Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968.

“Clayborn Temple is one of only two National Treasures – referred to by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as places that reflect the nation’s past while enriching our future – in the state of Tennessee,” said Anasa Troutman, executive director at Clayborn Temple. “We are honored to have been selected to participate in this year’s Partners in Preservation campaign and are excited about what the funding could do for this historical space.”

Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities. To-date, it has committed over $22 million in support of more than 200 historic sites across the country. Drawing on the success of the 2017 program, this year, the campaign will award $2 million in grants to historic sites on America’s Main Streets. Each of the 20 sites featured in the campaign played a role in the development of a diverse nation or the struggle for equal rights.

Partners in Preservation: Main Streets seeks to inspire long-term support from local citizens for sites on Main Street. Each local partner is receiving an initial grant of $20,000 to increase public awareness of the importance of these historic places and build grassroots support for their Main Street district. The public will decide which historic sites will receive a share of $2 million in preservation funding by voting for their favorite main streets through October 26 at, hosted by media partner National Geographic. Winners will be announced October 29.

Beth Wilson