Upton Mansion Research Center for AFRO Archives

Recipient: Afro Charities, Inc.
Project Purpose: Congressionally Directed Spending funds can be used to redevelop Baltimore’s historic Upton Mansion as the permanent home and research center for the Afro American Newspapers Archives to increase access to increase access to Black history and serve as an economic and cultural anchor for the area. The AFRO-American Newspaper, based in Baltimore, was founded in 1892 and is the oldest Black business in Maryland and one of the longest-running Black media organizations in the United States. The AFRO Archives include approximately three million photographs, several thousand letters, personal audio recordings of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and collected ephemera from a century’s worth of events.
Project Location: Baltimore City, Maryland
Amount Requested by the Senator: $500,000