Historic Black churches receive $4M in preservation grants


              Rev. Monica Marshall takes a moment to pray for blessings at the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Rev. Monica Marshall looks up at a damaged ceiling in her office at the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Rev. Monica Marshall stands at the front door of the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Images of congregants from the previous century hang on the walls of the history room at Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Images of pastors from the previous century are hung in the history room at Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Rev. Monica Marshall browses a room containing artifacts of the church's history at the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Rev. Monica Marshall opens a Bible to Psalms at the pulpit of the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              An images of Harriet Tubman rests on a sill beside a cracked stained glass window at the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              Rev. Monica Marshall stands for a portrait at the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
            
              A rusted fence surrounds the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Historic Black churches receive $4M in preservation grants