Christ Church Preservation Trust (the Trust) supports the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of three historic sites: Christ Church, Christ Church Neighborhood House, and Christ Church Burial Ground. A National Historic Landmark, Christ Church counted many significant historical figures among its parishioners, including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Betsy Ross, and John Adams. The site welcomes over 250,000 visitors annually, making it one of the top 10 most frequently visited sites in the Philadelphia region.
A performance and exhibition reveal the histories of enslaved and freed people of African descent in Philadelphia during the American colonial era. Dance artist Shayla-Vie Jenkins and playwright Angela Bey develop an evening of theatrical storytelling, informed by archival records and new scholarship, along with an exhibition of artifacts, an interactive story map, and a series of public discussions featuring historians, artists, and archivists.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.