The National Trust for Historic Preservation named African House, located at Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches, a National Treasure. Unique in its structure and unknown purpose, the building is also home to world-renowned folk artist Clementine Hunter's murals. In naming the African House a National Treasure, the National Trust is committed to supporting the site's restoration. The National Trust's HOPE Crew ("Hands-on Preservation Experience" Crew) will address repair needs on the roof and other exteriors. HOPE Crew is an initiative of the National Trust that trains thousands of crew members in useful historic preservation skills.