New Grant to Fund Renovations at Historic Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center
On the heels of the 10-year anniversary celebration of Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park in Annapolis, MD, CPDC on December 12 was awarded funding from the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and the Maryland Historical Trust to complete improvements at the property.
The 2017 African American Heritage Preservation Program grant of $100,000–the maximum award possible–will fund structural repairs, install museum quality lighting and add better signage at the Bates Legacy Center.
The goal of the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) is to identify and preserve buildings, communities and sites of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. This competitive program, offered once per year, is supported through an annual appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly, and is administered as a joint partnership of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT).
This fall, CPDC celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the opening of CPDC’s Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park in Annapolis, MD. Bates was once a prominent high school and the only public secondary school in Anne Arundel County to serve African Americans before desegregation.
In 2006, CPDC renovated the building into what is now a thriving mixed-use complex featuring 71 senior housing apartments, a senior center, a Boys and Girls Club, a museum dedicated to Annapolis merchant and civic leader Wiley H. Bates, and robust on-site services and amenities catering to seniors including: fresh produce delivery, recreational activities, a health care support center, fitness center, community meeting rooms, computer labs and more.
To read more about the Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park 10-year anniversary see our blog: Wiley H. Bates 10-Year Anniversary: Foundation-Building and a Commitment to Historic Preservation and Senior Housing.