GSU World Heritage Initiative

The Georgia State University World Heritage Initiative formed in 2016 to assist faculty involved in efforts to secure inscription of sites on the World Heritage List. Housed in the Department of History with its Heritage Preservation Program, the effort has brought together scholars from across disciplines in support of preparing nomination materials for consideration by the National Park Service—Office of International Affairs which oversees U.S. involvement with the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The GSU World Heritage Initiative is developing a potential serial nomination of U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites by adding to the Three African American Churches currently on the U.S. Tentative List other sites demonstrating the universal significance of the nonviolent struggle for race reform in the 1950s and 1960s on the built environment.

Dr. Glenn Eskew, GSU Professor of History and

World Heritage Initiative Director, discusses the project here.


2023 U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites Lecture

Robert G. Stanton

Former Director of the National Park Service
“Preserving Sites of Our Heritage:
A Noble Journey toward Gratitude, Justice and Dignity for All”,

A link to his recent presentation will be posted shortly.


Learn more about the places where U.S. Civil Rights history was made . . .
and that you can visit.

What They Did Here Inspired The World

a film celebrating U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites


In addition to support from Georgia State University, this project is funded in part by:
The African American Civil Rights program of the Historic Preservation Fund,
National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Any opinions, findings and conclusions
or recommendations expressed in this material do not constitute endorsement or necessarily
reflect the views of the Department of the Interior or U.S. Government.
Additional funding provided by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the
National Trust for Historic Preservation.