African-American Cultural Resources

The City of Manhattan sponsored a survey of Manhattan’s African-American cultural resources in 2010 and produced a Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) for African-American Resources in Manhattan. The survey identifies the types of properties that have significant ties to the African-American community and that may be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The project was funded through a Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant from the Kansas State Historical Society.

Among the significant African-American resources that remain intact in the community are the Bethel A.M.E. and Pilgrim Baptist Churches and the Douglass School building, which were early centers for social, educational and political support to the community. The project highlights and documents a significant part of Manhattan’s history about which there is limited community-wide awareness.

The consulting firm of Three Gables Preservation carried out the project. The MPDF was approved for the National Register on May 30, 2012. The Bethel A.M.E. Church and Pilgrim Baptist Church were also listed on the National Register as part of this project.

If you have questions about the project, you may contact Senior Planner Lance Evans at 785-587-2412.