Montgomery Advertiser: Heritage could pay off for Black Belt
The swath of rural Alabama that makes up the Black Belt is rich in things like culture and history, but not in money or jobs.
New federal legislation could help change that by creating a national designation, pumping funds into tourism and uniting the region’s efforts to lure people off the Interstate.
Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, said she plans to introduce the Alabama Black Belt Heritage Act in the next few weeks, with support from the rest of the state’s congressional delegation. It would allow the area to compete for new federal funding, among other things.
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