Imperiled and overlooked Black historic sites lead the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered list in 2021

While the 2021 edition of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List isn’t as mid-century hotel-heavy as last year’s (which, among other imperiled sites, included a flamboyantly outfitted Mississippi motor lodge with links to the civil rights movement and a Natalie de Bois-designed International-style high-rise in downtown Cincinnati), there is indeed a lone lodging establishment that made the cut.

First established in 1944 by Mrs. Z.L. Ratcliffe as a boarding house for Black lodgers at the site of the old G.T. Thomas Afro-American Hospital on Sunflower Avenue, the Riverside Hotel along the Mississippi Blues Trail was one of the only lodgings in the

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