11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Historic Black Churches of the South

Year Listed: 1996
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect

Significance

Historically black churches represent the individual and collective memory of the African-American community and have served as the repository of the culture and the history of Black America for decades. But beginning in the 1990's many of these important community structures have been destroyed in acts of arson. The future of these important landmarks of American-American culture are in danger of disappearing.