Park Bench Chat
Park Bench Chat: Preserving the lands and spaces that hold our history

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday, February 16, at noon (PST) / 3:00 p.m. (EST) for our next Park Bench Chat exploring how protecting and interpreting lands and spaces can help us honor and illuminate Black American history and culture.


Clayborne Carson, PhD
Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Angela Bates
Executive Director of the Nicodemus Historical Society

Naomi Davis
Founder and CEO of Blacks in Green

This event was sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment through Sony Pictures Action, our important partners in helping to accelerate the protection of Black historical sites nationwide.

More details about our conversation

Consider this: sites that recognize the experience of Black Americans represent just two percent of those listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Trust for Public Land recognizes this disparity and has for decades worked with communities to preserve such valuable places.

This discussion was be moderated by Trust for Public Land Senior Vice President Malcolm Carson and explored spaces The Trust for Public Land, alongside important partners, is helping to preserve. Such sites include Meadowood, a Connecticut farm where a young Martin Luther King Jr. spent summers working to help pay his tuition at Morehouse College; Nicodemus National Historic Site in Kansas, the oldest remaining historic Black settlement west of the Mississippi River; and, Emmett Till’s childhood home in Chicago, which will soon be the focal point of a sustainable “walkable village” with shared greenspaces that pay homage to Chicago luminaries from the Great Migration.

These often-overlooked historical and cultural sites hold unrealized potential to enrich all of our communities and provide Americans with a deeper understanding of the full story of America’s history.