Shorefront Legacy Center Receives Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant.


Congratulations, Dino Robinson! This is fantastic news!


Shorefront has been awarded a two-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its work in collections care, programming activities, publications, the African American Heritage Sites Program and research efforts involving local reparations.


Shorefront’s two-year grant will increase engagement within local Black communities, and support the following initiatives:


-- Further develop partnership and collaboration with City of Evanston;

-- Continue forging collaborative work with the Smithsonian’s Community Curation initiative;

-- Engage local community members in aspects of preserving their own family legacies and grow Shorefronts archives;

-- Expand collections with a focus on Island communities, specifically Haitian and Jamaican communities;

-- Add facility improvements, storage, display and security measures to further protect its growing archives; and

-- Produce publications through Shorefront’s publication arm, Shorefront Press.


For the last 25 years, Shorefront, and its earlier initiative, has been collecting, preserving, and educating people about Black history on Chicago’s suburban North Shore communities. Its publicly accessible archives continue to serve educational and individual initiatives in bringing local history to life and relevance, and addressing today’s issues, events and celebrations.


Here's more on Shorefront, and here's more on The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s grants to community-based archives.


[photo: Dino Robinson talking to participants of Dear Evanston's Uncomfortable Journey to Montgomery, Alabama in 2019, providing local context to the Great Migration and Evanston's Black community].


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