Modern cultural heritage passes through the hands and hearts of diverse African professionals trained in multiple methods of preserving and transmitting culture. They embody the rich living traditions and legacies of distinct regional contexts. Though every sector of cultural heritage has been hard hit by the ongoing pandemic, these consequences are far from geopolitically monolithic. In an effort to propose a practical means for international policymakers and funding bodies to promote social and economic equity in Africa, the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage implemented a study between May and September 2021 to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on African cultural heritage training programs, practitioners, and institutions. Based on over 84 survey questionnaires and 32 individual interviews with students and professionals from 14 African countries, including Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, this presentation highlights the voices of frontline cultural workers. Many speak to the importance of incentivizing national governments and local communities to not only take pride in preserving their own heritage, but to mobilize their own cultural capital to create more sustainable employment opportunities. This study demonstrates how African cultural heritage professionals are adapting their training to bolster a labor infrastructure that best befits their context. They not only recognize the agency and resilience of the originating communities they work for, with, and alongside, but propose ethical ways to raise public awareness regarding the importance and relevance of African cultural heritage on the global stage.