With the announcement yesterday morning of the five recipients of the Partners in Preservation grants in New Orleans, I joined Rev. Otto Duncan at St. James AME Church in Mid-City as the local Fox-TV affiliate covered the story. Partners in Preservation is an initiative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. St. James AME Church, founded in 1848, is an established institution in the neighborhood with a congregation that is rebuilding in numbers as the church and the city rebuild. A $100,000 grant will complete repairs to the pressed tin ceiling and plaster walls of the sanctuary. Be sure to go to www.partnersinpreservation.com for information on all the sites.