Jamestown included on list of most endangered historic sites
WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- One of the most historic sites in Virginia has been included on this year’s list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in America.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has 11 places on this year’s list, illustrating the expansiveness of U.S. history.
According to a release, many of the sites listed for 2022 also reflect communities that have historically been underrepresented, meaning society devalues or de-emphasizes places connected to the stories of such communities.
Without sustained recognition, these kinds of places are often at greater risk of loss and erasure.
The NTHP says this year’s list includes sacred grounds, places of injustice and activism, places of creative expression and more.
Each faces varied threats, such as neglect, inappropriate development or climate change.
The release says that all of the 2022 sites are at a turning point when the nation will either recognize the significance of the sites and fight to protect them or watch them disappear.
In Virginia, the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America is facing threats due to climate change.
Jamestown represents thousands of years of indigenous history as well as the arrival of Europeans and enslaved people.
After 1699, remnants of the early Jamestown site began to disappear due to land use and natural erosion.
In 1994, Preservation Virginia launched an archaeological research project that has now uncovered about 85 percent of the 17th-century fort and millions of artifacts.
Then in 2015, the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation began, aiming to support and manage operations at the site.
Now the site is threatened by sea-level rise, storms and recurrent flooding.
The foundation is looking to protect the site from extreme weather events, but it needs partners to support climate change mitigation plans.
Another site that is being threatened by climate change is the Ollvewood Cemetery in Houston, Texas, one of the oldest-known platted African-American cemeteries in that area.
The other sites on the 2022 list are the Francisco Q. Sanchez Elementary School in Humåtak, Guam; Camp Naco, Arizona; the Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina; the Brow3n Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama; the Minidoka National Historic Site in Jerome, Idaho; the Picture Cave in Warren County, Missouri; the Deborah Chapel in Hartford, Connecticut; the Brooks-Park Home and Studios in East Hampton, New York; and the Chicano/a/x community murals throughout Colorado.
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