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2018 Partners in Preservation: Open House (Clayborn Temple)

  • Clayborn Temple 294 Hernando Place Memphis, TN, 38126 United States (map)

Clayborn Temple is participating in the 2018 Partners in Preservation campaign, a campaign that focuses on sites that celebrate diversity and the fight for equality. 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 is one of only two National Treasures in the state of Tennessee, and is encouraging the public to visit VoteYourMainStreet.org to secure funding to help preserve this place of local and historical significance.

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.

Clayborn Temple will host an Open House Weekend event October 21, to highlight the importance of Main Street preservation efforts in Memphis. Clayborn Temple is one of 20 diverse and historic Main Street districts across the country participating in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend.

The public open house will take place 2-5 p.m. Open House Weekend activities in Memphis are one of many local events taking place nationwide on October 21.