In the 1970’s when the St. Joseph’s AME Church congregation moved to a new church home, the original structure became the catalyst for the formation of the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation (SJHF). The Foundation was incorporated in 1975 with the intention of preserving the embellished old sanctuary and adapting it for cultural and civic events. SJHF’s mission is preserving and advancing the heritage and culture of historic Hayti and the African American experience through programs that benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally. The church complex, renamed the Hayti Heritage Center, is listed on the register of national historic landmarks. Descendants of the original residents of the district once known as “Black Wall Street” continue to visit the Center along with other residents and visitors from surrounding areas.