The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites advances the understanding and sustainable conservation of heritage places commemorating American civil rights histories and Black heritage.

How We Work

Always in Partnership
As an academic partner, we support stewardship organizations, preservation advocates, government agencies and other educational organizations already engaged in preserving civil rights heritage to advance our shared mission. 

Building on Traditions 
Struggles over civil rights have created profound and significant stories – both tragic and triumphant – across the country. CPCRS’s work supports efforts to remember such stories and make them visible through preservation and interpretation. By partnering directly with heritage sites and organizations we honor their traditions of education, storytelling and community stewardship.

Everyday Spaces and Iconic Sites
The heritage of civil rights takes many forms. They include iconic sites already recognized as heritage places as well as vernacular buildings, cultural landscapes, and other ordinary places shaped by civil rights struggles and triumphs.