Join Clayborn Temple for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets “Open House Weekend” 


Memphis, TennesseeOctober 16, 2018— To celebrate Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, Clayborn Temple will host Open House Weekend events, October 21. Visitors are invited to learn about the campaign, which focuses on sites celebrating the nation’s diversity and communities’ struggle for equal rights; the unique history of Clayborn Temple and its restoration efforts. Tours will be offered every 30 minutes to showcase how Clayborn Temple is currently using its space, as well as various aspects of the building’s history. There will be live music and food trucks on-site. Tours are free and open to the public. In particular, each site will highlight their ties to diversity and inclusion, a cornerstone of this year’s campaign.

Created in 2006 by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership 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. 

The program recently launched its 2018 campaign, which will award a total of $2 million in preservation grants to historic sites on America’s Main Streets. America’s Main Streets represent a diverse tapestry of our history and culture, as well as contribute to the local identity and vitality of our communities. Clayborn Temple serves as an iconic symbol of the unification of the civil and labor rights movements, having been the site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joined 1,300 striking sanitation workers in what would be his final march. 

The public can help Clayborn Temple receive funding by voting every day through October 26 at, the online voting website hosted by National Geographic Travel. Delta Air Lines is also a campaign sponsor.

“American Express has a long-standing commitment to preserving historic places on Main Street and the Shop Small® movement,” said Richard Brown, vice president of philanthropy, American Express. “We hope local communities attend Partners in Preservation Open House Weekend because when we support our local historic sites and districts, we empower new generations to learn about our shared past and we maintain diversity, drive development, preserve character, attract visitors and propel commerce.” 

“Experiencing historic sites offers an opportunity to explore the diverse and complex past that comprises our American story, and Open House weekend will allow local communities to do just that,” said Germonique Ulmer, vice president of public affairs, National Trust for Historic Preservation. “The struggle for equality remains relevant today, and we are proud of this collection of sites that are a part of this program that represent civil rights, labor, immigrant and women’s history. 

For more information about the Open House Weekend event at Clayborn Temple, visit the Facebook event page and share the love via social media using #VoteYourMainStreet.  


About Partners in Preservation

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. 

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public's awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America's historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.

About American Express

American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at and connect with us on,,,, and

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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places:

About Main Street America

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or, or find us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.


About Shop Small®

Shop Small® is a nationwide movement to support small, independent businesses and call attention to the valuable and distinct contributions they make to their communities and the economy. Shop Small celebrates small businesses ranging from retail stores and restaurants to fitness studios and salons, and everything in between. The Shop Small movement was spurred by the widespread participation in Small Business Saturday®, a day founded in 2010 by American Express. This national holiday shopping tradition is dedicated to celebrating small businesses and driving more customers through their doors on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. November 24, 2018 marks the ninth annual Small Business Saturday, proudly backed by American Express. Learn more and connect with us on

Beth Wilson