News Release

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

A large 3-story red brick building with a sign above the door saying "Morrison Hall" on a sunny day, two large trees on either side of the building.
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 for its preservation.

Photo courtesy of North Carolina A&T State University.

News Release Date: April 24, 2020


WASHINGTON - The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $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 Applications for $10 million in FY2020 funding will be available in the fall of 2020.

Historically Black College and University Awards:






Williams Hall Historic Preservation Project

Miles College



Samuel T. Graves Hall Exterior Repair and Restoration Project

Morehouse College


Baton Rouge

Preservation of the Archives Building

Southern University and A&M College



Renovation of Health Center in Grambling State University Historic Village

Grambling State University



University Memorial Chapel Window Preservation

Morgan State University



Preservation of the Historic Mt. Olive Cemetery

Jackson State University


North Carolina

Dudley Memorial Building Renovation Project

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


North Carolina

Morrison and Murphy Hall Upgrades

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


North Carolina

Renovation of the Historical Susie Jones Alumnae House

Bennett College


North Carolina

Preservation of the Historic Andrew Carnegie Library

Livingstone College



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

Central State University


Oklahoma City

Historic Cottage Row District Preservation Project

Langston University


South Carolina

Pratt Hall Preservation Project

Benedict College


South Carolina

The SCSU Forensic Analysis/Assessment of Wilkinson Hall Project

South Carolina State University


South Carolina

Trustee Hall Preservation and Restoration Initiative

Claflin University



The Rehabilitation of the D.R. Glass Library

Texas College



Preservation of Humbles Hall Phase II

Virginia University of Lynchburg


West Virginia

President’s House Renovation Project

Bluefield State College – Applied Research Foundation of West Virginia






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Last updated: April 24, 2020