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In January 2010, California honored the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles for producing the first historic, thematic study of African American properties in the state.

Now, more than 100 buildings of historical significance relating to LA’s black community are protected with a National Register of Historic Places Listing.

The article describes the process of researching, writing and applying for the protection of these sites.

The group worked closely with the Los Angeles Historical Resources Commission, NPS and finally the federal government for funding and approval for the protection of the buildings.