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Black Heritage Council

 

Formed in 1984 by the Alabama Historical Commission, the Black Heritage Council (BHC) is the only statewide organization that promotes the preservation and awareness of African American historic places, associated artifacts and culture.  

 

For 2014 BHC events, click here.
 

The Council:
  • hosts quarterly meetings that are open to the public
  • partners with communities to sponsor preservation annual forums
  • co-sponsors Alabama's historic preservation conference
  • assists groups and individuals with preservation of individual historic African American properties or historic districts

If you have questions about upcoming preservation programs and activities sponsored by the Black Heritage Council, please email destiny.williams@preserveala.org.

Historical Marker Program

The Black Heritage Council sponsors a maker commemorating Alabama's African American historic sites at least 40 years old. To find out more about the historic marker program click here. To apply for a BHC sponsored historical marker click here.

For information about other Alabama Historical Commission preservation programs, click the links below:

Alabama Register
National Register
Historic Cemetery Program
AHC Historical Markers
Tax Credit Program


Frequently Asked Questions
      
What can the Black Heritage Council do to help protect and preserve sites?
         
The BHC works to inform citizens of the need to preserve historic landmarks, history, and culture. This is achieved primarily through a series of educational workshops and an annual preservation forum.  The council works closely with the Alabama Historical Commission to raise citizen awareness of available resources and grant opportunities.  

How can I contact the Black Heritage Council member in my area?

Composed of 20 members, the council consists of a representative from each of the state's seven congressional districts, two from Alabama's historically black colleges, three from state public institutions, seven at-large members, and one ex-officio AHC member.  

Chair

Ms. Frazine Taylor

4185 Tandy Drive
Montgomery, AL 36106
334/467-2726
Frazine.taylor@att.net 

 

Vice-Chair

 

Mrs. Ruthie Pitts

Monarch Estates

1550 East University Blvd., Rm 333

Auburn, AL 36830

205/246-6775

ruthiepitts@gmail.com

 

Chair Emeritus and Founding Member

Ms. Louretta Wimberly

3007 North Broad Street

Selma, AL 36701

334/875-5894

lcwimberly@bellsouth.net

 

 

Congressional District 1 Representative
 
Ms. Wanda D. Robbins
P.O. Box 1603
Monroeville, AL 36461
251/282-7743
wandadrobbins@gmail.com
 

Congressional District 2 Representative

 

Mrs. Sangernetta Gilbert-Bush

2018 Cahaba Drive

Montgomery, AL 36108

334/269-9142

sgbcongd@aol.com

 

Congressional District 3 Representative

 

Mr. David Tuck

P.O. Box 293

Rockford, AL 35136

256/212-4000

tuckrockford@aol.com

 

Congressional District 4 Representative

 

VACANT

 

Congressional District 5 Representative

 

Ms. Sharon Gilbreath-Heard

P. O. Box 445

Madison, AL 35758

256/337-1426

stewssw@bellsouth.net

 

Congressional District 6 Representative

 

VACANT   

 

Congressional District 7 Representative

 

Mrs. Emma Jean Melton

5003 Fourth Avenue

Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

205/758-6800

bmelton540@yahoo.com

 

COLLEGIATE COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE

 

Dr. Paul B. Mohr, Sr.

P.O. Box 302000

Montgomery, AL 36130-2000

334/242-2209 

Paul.Mohr@ache.alabama.gov

 

Dr. Howard O. Robinson, III

3231 North Colonial Drive

Montgomery, AL 36111

334/229-4491

hrobinson@alasu.edu


PUBLIC INSTITUTION REPRESENTATIVE

 

Ms. Sanquenetta Thompson

Station 35

Livingston, AL 35470

205/652-3408

sthompson@uwa.edu

 

Vacant

 

Vacant

 

STATE MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

 

Mrs. Roamelia Blackburn

3423 Tall Pines Circle

Tuscaloosa, Al 35405

205/553-3146

roameliablackburn@gmail.com

 

Mrs. Georgia Calhoun

2150 Old Choccolocco Road

Anniston, AL 36207

256/ 236-2497

georgia_calhoun@yahoo.com

 

Mr. Elvin D. Lang
1409 South Court Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
334/467-2243
Elvindlang@bellsouth.net   

 

Mrs. Dorothy Walker

781 Queensbury Drive

Montgomery, AL 36116

334/546-3145

dorothy_walker@charter.net

 

 

ALABAMA HISTORICAL COMMISSION MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE

 

Vacant

How can I join the Black Heritage Council?

Council board membership is by appointment. If you would like to fill out a membership form to be considered by the nominating committee, please contact destiny.williams@preserveala.org.

How do I join the Black Heritage Council network?

All citizens are encouraged to join the Black Heritage Council network which is free and open to everyone.  
Send your name, mailing address, phone number and email address

By postal mail:

 

Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission

P. O. Box 300900

Montgomery, AL 36130-0900

 

By email:

destiny.williams@preserveala.org.   

There is no membership fee. Membership comes with a subscription to the AHC's newsletter Preservation Report, and notice of workshops and conferences.  

 

 

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