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Fayette Area Historical Initiative gets Harvest Foundation grant to expand museum




MARTINSVILLE, VA – The Fayette Area Historical Initiative received a three-year grant of $254,468 from The Harvest Foundation to grow the capacity of the museum to develop and implement a targeted strategic plan.


Harvest said building a sustainable organization to collect and preserve the history of Martinsville’s Fayette Street Neighborhood, and African-American history throughout the community is essential for the Martinsville-based nonprofit.


The museum also plans to invest in board development and training while creating a marketing and business plan.


“This grant is an investment in a local organization and a community that has positively impacted Martinsville-Henry County, despite its limited resources and funding due to historical disinvestment,” said India Brown, a program officer at The Harvest Foundation. “FAHI’s preservation of African-American history is vital to our community, and its presence in the Fayette Business Corridor is needed for success in uptown revitalization.”


The investment will further enable FAHI to grow its community outreach, develop relevant programming, expand exhibits, and allow the organization to grow into a premier destination for African-American history, according to Harvest.


“FAHI is an integral part of Martinsville’s revitalization effort because of the rich history of the Fayette Corridor,” said Joyce Staples, chair of the FAHI Board of Directors. “The effort unites the diverse culture of the Martinsville-Henry County area and helps the public remember and celebrate the contributions of African-American pioneers and trendsetters.


FAHI opened its current location in 2011 and it includes exhibit space and special collections for artifacts.


The museum plans to offer additional hours and days of operation as it develops its infrastructure.


Visitors are welcome Wednesdays and every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Volunteers will schedule group tours upon request.


Call 276-732-3496 or click here to learn more.

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