Project named for Alabama lynching victim gets federal grant

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FILE – In this Friday, March 6, 2015, file photo, the sun sets over the Edmund Pettus Bridge where preparations are underway for the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march for a visit Saturday with President Barack Obama and the first family, in Selma, Ala. Some residents in the landmark civil rights city of Selma, Ala., are among the critics of a bid to rename the historic bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A project named for a Black man who was lynched in Alabama is being awarded more than $235,000 to preserve a school that was important to the Black community in Lowndes County.

The Elmore Bolling Initiative is receiving money to preserve the Lowndesboro School west of Montgomery through a National Park Service civil rights grant program.

Bolling was killed in 1947 by a white neighbor who wasn’t prosecuted. He had defied the odds against Black men and built several successful businesses during the Jim Crow era.

Bolling’s children attended the Lowndesboro School, which will benefit from the grant.

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