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HBCU historic sites are being preserved by the National Park Service

So much Black history is made at HBCUs, it’s only fitting that the federal government help preserve it.

The National Park Service -- which manages parks like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and national monuments such as the Statue of Liberty -- recently awarded $9.7 million in grants to 21 preservation projects at 19 HBCUs like North Carolina A&T State University, Mississippi Industrial College and Selma University.

“On behalf of everyone at Selma University, we are elated to receive the grant award,” Selma University President Stanford E. Angion, Ed.D told 1819 News.

“This funding will go a long way in helping our students at Selma University and the entire community of Selma, Alabama.”

HBCUs that have accreditation are eligible to apply for grant funds that can be used towards physical preservation, pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, campus preservation plans, and National Register nominations.

“For more than 180 years, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have provided high-level academics, opportunities, and community for generations of students. These grants enable HBCUs to preserve the noteworthy structures that honor the past and tell the ongoing story of these historic institutions,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams in a news release.

This year the grant program will preserve:


  • Alabama State University, G.W. Trenholm Hall Preservation Project Phase II, $500,000
  • Miles College, Williams Hall Historic Preservation Project – Phase III , $500,000
  • Selma University, Preservation of Historic Dinkins Memorial Hall, $500,000
  • Alabama A&M University, Restoration and Renovation of Carnegie Hall Library, $500,000
  • Stillman College, Transforming Sheppard Library into a Civil Rights Museum, $500,000


  • Edward Waters College, Preservation and Restoration of Centennial Hall Phase II, $500,000
  • Florida A&M University, Samuel H. Coleman Memorial Library Preservation Project, $500,000


  • Morehouse College, Samuel T. Graves Hall Window Rehabilitation, $500,000


  • Simmons College of Kentucky, From Colored Central School to Simmons College, $500,000


  • Jackson State University, Preserving Ayer Hall the Margaret Walker Center, $500,000
  • Jackson State University, Rehabilitation of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Center, $150,000
  • Tougaloo College, Preservation Initiative for Woodworth Chapel, the Boddie Mansion, Galloway Hall, and Holmes Hall, $500,000
  • Rust College , Rehabilitation of Washington Hall , $500,000

North Carolina

  • Shaw University, Rehabilitation of Tyler Hall, $500,000
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Rehabilitation of World War Memorial Stadium, $500,000
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Rehabilitation of Vanstory Hall, $500,000
  • North Carolina Central University, James Shepard Administration Building Window Rehabilitation, $500,000

South Carolina

  • Benedict College, Benedict College Historic District Expansion Project, $500,000


  • Fisk University, The Erastus Milo Cravath Library and Administration Building Preservation Project, $500,000


  • Hampton University, Rehabilitation of Virginia-Cleveland Hall, $500,000
Alexis Wray

Alexis Wray |

I report on HBCUs and Blackness, working to introduce voices and perspectives of students, alumni and community members that amplify the experiences of Black life on and off campus.

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