The African American Heritage Preservation Foundation, Inc. (AAHPF), a not for profit 501©(3) organization, that is dedicated to the preservation of African American history and historical sites was established in June 1994 by E. Renée Ingram. The Foundation was created as a result of Ms. Ingram's efforts to preserve her family's cemetery, an endangered rural cemetery, which ultimately was placed on the Commonwealth of Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The Stanton Family Cemetery was the first free African American privately held cemetery to be placed on these registers in the country.
AAHPF has been engaged in activities that include the preservation, maintenance, and awareness of endangered or little-known African American historical sites primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions. In addition, AAHPF acts as a resource center for community groups, preservationists, genealogical and historical societies, not-for-profit organizations and government entities, nationwide, needing assistance in the preservation of African American historical sites and history. The Foundation's web site provides information on it's activities and serves as a research tool that is used by teachers and students ranging from middle school through postgraduate studies.