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National Park Service awards $9.7 million for preservation projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

News Release Date: August 10, 2021

Contact: NewsMedia@nps.gov

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $9.7 million in grants to assist 20 preservation projects for historic structures on campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 10 states.

“HBCUs have been an important part of the American education system for more than 180 years, providing high-level academics, opportunities, and community for generations of students,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “The National Park Service’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant Program provides assistance to preserve noteworthy structures that honor the past and tell the ongoing story of these historic institutions.”

Since 1995, the NPS has awarded $77.6 million in grants to 66 HBCUs. 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 to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

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 the Treatment of Historic Properties.

This years’ grants will fund projects including a window restoration project for Centennial Hall at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL, the restoration of pews and stained-glass windows for the Antisdel Chapel at Benedict College in Columbia, SC, and the stabilization of Hermitage Hall for future rehabilitation at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC.

For more information about the grants and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities program, please visit http://go.nps.gov/hbcu. Applications for another $10 million in funding will be available in the winter of 2021. 

HBCU Grant Award Recipients

Total funds awarded: $9,684,275

State Projects Grantee Award
Alabama G.W. Trenholm Hall Preservation Project  Alabama State University  $493,200.00
Alabama Williams Hall Historic Preservation Project – Phase II  Miles College  $499,869.00
Florida Preservation and Restoration of Centennial Hall  Edward Waters College  $500,000.00
Georgia Park Street Methodist Church Roof Restoration  Clark Atlanta University  $500,000.00
Georgia  Fountain (Stone) Hall Windows Restoration  Morris Brown College  $500,000.00
Kentucky  Renovation to Jackson Hall  Kentucky State University  $494,850.00
Maryland  University Memorial Chapel Roof and Gutter Repairs  Morgan State University  $500,000.00
Maryland  Rehabilitation of Trigg Hall  University of Maryland Eastern Shore  $500,000.00
Mississippi  Preservation Initiative for Ballard Hall, Pope Cottage, and Jamerson Hall  Tougaloo College  $500,000.00
Mississippi  Oakland Chapel Repairs  Alcorn State University  $500,000.00
North Carolina  Historic Preservation of Hermitage Hall  St. Augustine’s University  $499,379.00
North Carolina  Restoration of Estey Hall  Shaw University  $499,890.00
North Carolina  Preservation of Biddle Memorial Hall – Phase II  Johnson C. Smith University  $499,868.00
North Carolina  Rehabilitation of Carnegie Library – Phase III  Livingstone College  $500,000.00
South Carolina  Historic Wilkinson Hall HVAC System Schematic Design and Replacement  South Carolina State University  $500,000.00
South Carolina  Antisdel Chapel Renovation Project  Benedict College  $500,000.00
South Carolina  Duckett Hall Preservation Project  Benedict College  $500,000.00
Virginia  Rehabilitation of Vawter Hall – Phase II  Virginia State University  $500,000.00
Virginia  The Academy Building Project  Hampton University  $500,000.00
West Virginia  Canty House and East Hall Restoration  West Virginia State University  $197,219.00


About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 423 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.

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