Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Historic District and Malcolm X’s boyhood home in Boston are among America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, according to the annual list released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The list, now in its 25th anniversary, spotlights locations across the country that are threatened by neglect, insufficient funding, nearby development or poor public policy. Joe Frazier’s boxing gym in Philadelphia also made the list.
This is the second time that Sweet Auburn has been among the most endangered sites. It was first listed in 1992.
Sweet Auburn Historic District, Atlanta: “Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, Sweet Auburn is a prime example of the flourishing segregated African-American neighborhoods in the South during the Jim Crow era and birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., (it) faces disinvestment and inappropriate development along its commercial corridor.”
Malcolm X-Ella Little-Collins House, Boston: ” Built in 1874, this modest structure is the last known surviving boyhood home of Malcolm X. Largely unused for over 30 years, plans are in development to rehabilitate and reuse the deteriorating property as living quarters for graduate students studying African-American history, social justice, or civil rights.”
Joe Frazier’s Gym, Philadelphia: “The gym where boxing legend Joe Frazier trained for his victorious bout against Muhammad Ali is currently for sale, unrecognized and unprotected by local or national preservation designations.”