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$50K grant to fund study of West Las Vegas historic sites

August 30, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — City officials in Las Vegas say they’ll use a $50,000 grant from the National Park Service to fund research about five decades of segregation, civil rights activism and advocacy in the historic West Las Vegas neighborhood.

An announcement on Monday said the project aims to focus on the years 1930 through 1979 in what amounted to the city’s segregated Black community.

The goal is to determine what buildings and properties could be included on the National Register of Historic Places and listed on the city’s Historic Property Register.

The funds to Las Vegas are part of nearly $750,000 nationwide allocated under the park service’s Underrepresented Community Grant Program, the city statement said.

The city Historic Preservation Office submitted the grant request, and the city will issue a request for proposals for contracts with experienced cultural resources consultants to prepare the survey and inventory.