National Park Service awards $7.7 million in grants to historically Black colleges and universities

April 30, 2020

Grants will preserve historic structures on HBCU campuses in 12 states

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.

The National Park Service (NPS) announced on Friday, April 24, 2020, $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 more than 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.html. Applications for $10 million in FY2020 funding will be available in the fall of 2020.

Historically Black College and University Awards:

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