National Park Service Awards $7.7 million in Grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

 

Morrison Hall, built in 1924, is one of the five buildings within the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina National Register historic district in Greensboro, North Carolina. The College will receive funding to address moisture issues within the building and develop a campus-wide preservation plan. Photo courtesy of North Carolina A&T State University

The National Park Service (NPS) announced April 25 $7.7 million in grants to 18 projects in 12 states for the preservation of historic structures on campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Since the 1990s, the National Park Service has awarded more than $60 million in grants to over 80 of the remaining active HBCUs. 

“These grants help us to honor the legacy of HBCUs in serving our nation’s higher education needs,” said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela, exercising the authority of the Director. “Funding awarded this year will help preserve 18 historic properties on HBCU campuses in 12 states, many of which are listed in the National Register.” 

Projects funded by these grants will support the physical preservation of National Register listed sites on HBCU campuses to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Eligible costs include pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation. 

Congress appropriates funding for the program through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

Projects receiving grants this year will preserve stories, resources, and places like the Samuel T. Graves Hall at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA; the University Memorial Chapel at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD; and the Historic Carnegie Library at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC.

For more information about the grants and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities program, please visit https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/HBCU/index.htmlApplications for $10 million in FY2020 funding will be available in the fall of 2020.

Historically Black College and University Awards:

State

Projects

Grantee

Award

Alabama

Fairfield

Williams Hall Historic Preservation Project

Miles College

$499,869

Georgia

Atlanta

Samuel T. Graves Hall Exterior Repair and Restoration Project

Morehouse College

$500,000

Louisiana

Baton Rouge

Preservation of the Archives Building

Southern University and A&M College

$499,938

Louisiana

Grambling

Renovation of Health Center in Grambling State University Historic Village

Grambling State University

$500,000

Maryland

Baltimore

University Memorial Chapel Window Preservation

Morgan State University

$500,000

Mississippi

Jackson

Preservation of the Historic Mt. Olive Cemetery

Jackson State University

$496,023

North Carolina

Greensboro

Dudley Memorial Building Renovation Project

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

$500,000

North Carolina

Greensboro

Morrison and Murphy Hall Upgrades

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

$266,068

North Carolina

Greensboro

Renovation of the Historical Susie Jones Alumnae House

Bennett College

$460,000

North Carolina

Salisbury

Preservation of the Historic Andrew Carnegie Library

Livingstone College

$500,000

Ohio

Wilberforce

Conversion of the Power Plant to the Frank Murphy Student Success Center

Central State University

$500,000

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

Historic Cottage Row District Preservation Project

Langston University

$473,820

South Carolina

Columbia

Pratt Hall Preservation Project

Benedict College

$500,000

South Carolina

Orangeburg

The SCSU Forensic Analysis/Assessment of Wilkinson Hall Project

South Carolina State University

$50,000

South Carolina

Orangeburg

Trustee Hall Preservation and Restoration Initiative

Claflin University

$446,569

Texas

Tyler

The Rehabilitation of the D.R. Glass Library

Texas College

$500,000

Virginia

Lynchburg

Preservation of Humbles Hall Phase II

Virginia University of Lynchburg

$499,713

West Virginia

Bluefield

President’s House Renovation Project

Bluefield State College – Applied Research Foundation of West Virginia

$68,000

Total

 

 

$7,760,000

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