WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $380,875 from the National Park Service (NPS). This funding will be used to preserve the Civil Rights Era Stories of African Americans in Appalachia through the Marshall University Research Cooperation and to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities through the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History.

“Seeing NPS making these investments in our state reflects the rich history West Virginia has, particularly in our founding and through the Civil Rights era. I’m glad this grant will preserve and celebrate our history for generations to come,” Senator Capito said.  

“I am glad to see NPS is recognizing the importance of recognizing West Virginia’s role in America’s history. Understanding our history and heritage is vital because it teaches us key lessons and achievements from generations before us and reminds us of the hard fought battles won across our history. I applaud NPS for highlighting West Virginia and look forward to continuing our work to preserve the legacy of West Virginia,” Senator Manchin said.