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Chicago church where King preached getting federal funding

CHICAGO – Chicago will receive $445,000 from the federal government to preserve a church on the city's West Side where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. frequently preached.

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service said in a news release that the preservation of Stone Temple Baptist Church is one of 51 projects in 24 states to receive a total of $12.6 million in what are called African American Civil rights Grants.

In a statement, U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke said the grants will help offer a "more complete narrative of the African American experience in the pursuit of civil rights."

The money will be spent to preserve a host of projects, from churches to documents to a baseball field once used by the Negro National League.

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