News Release

National Park Service Awards $8.6 Million in Preservation Grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Image of the Founders Library at Howard University
Image of the Founders Library at Howard University

Image Courtesy of Howard University

News Release Date: August 27, 2018


WASHINGTON - The National Park Service today awarded $8.6 million in grant funding to support projects that preserve significant historic structures on the campuses of 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

"HBCUs have played an important role in our country’s pursuit of equality, civil rights, and higher education for all Americans," said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. "These grants will help restore and enhance landmark buildings that are a source of pride on campuses in nine states."

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grants support the preservation of sites on HBCU campuses that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Eligible projects 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.

Examples of projects funded by the grants include:
  • The stabilization of Wilkinson Hall at South Carolina State University. The grant will fund repairs to the structure which dates to 1938 and is part of the South Carolina State College National Register Historic District. Project tasks will include repairing stone and brick work, windows, and gutters, as well as waterproofing the building to stop water infiltration.
  • Accessibility improvements in the Founders Library at Howard University in Washington, DC. Constructed in 1939 and a key feature of the Howard National Historic Landmark District, the building serves as the main library for students on campus. It also houses one of the world’s largest catalogs of the African American experience. The project will improve accessibility to the building, including construction of a new entryway, in a manner that is sensitive to its architecture and historic fabric.
  • The rehabilitation of the Vashon Community Center at Harris-Stowe State University in Missouri. Built in 1936 and listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places, the building housed one of only four black recreation centers in St. Louis at the time. The project will rehabilitate both the interior and exterior of the structure and make modifications to improve accessibility. The interior rehabilitation will include the removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint.

Congress appropriates funding for the HBCU grant program through the Historic Preservation Fund. The Fund uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation projects, not tax dollars.

Following is the full list of projects funded:
HBCU Grant Recipients Project State  Amount
Philander Smith College Renovation of the James Monroe Cox Administration Building, Phase II Arkansas  $304,258
Howard University Founders Library Handicap Accessibility Renovation District of Columbia  $500,000
Delaware State University Preservation of Historic Loockerman Hall Delaware  $500,000
Clark Atlanta University Rehabilitation of Park Street Methodist Episcopal Church Georgia  $500,000
Fort Valley State University Renovation of the Historic Bywaters Building Georgia  $470,000
Harris-Stowe State University Rehabilitating the Vashon Community Center Missouri  $500,000
Tougaloo College Interior Rehabilitation of the John W. Boddie House Mississippi  $270,000
Johnson C. Smith University Preservation of Biddle Memorial Hall North Carolina  $496,186
Livingstone College Rehabilitation of Andrew Carnegie Library North Carolina  $500,000
Shaw University Rehabilitation of Tupper Memorial & Estey Halls within Raleigh's East Raleigh-South Park Historic District North Carolina  $480,000
Saint Augustine University  Preservation of the Saint Augustine's University Chapel North Carolina  $312,250
South Carolina State University Preservation of Wilkinson Hall South Carolina  $500,000
Voorhees College, State of South Carolina Stabilize & Preserve Booker T. Washington Hall South Carolina  $500,000
Benedict College Morgan Hall Preservation Project South Carolina  $500,000
Virginia Union University Preservation of Huntley Hall Virginia  $500,000
Hampton University Wigwam Preservation Project Virginia  $500,000
Virginia State University Preservation of Vawter Hall Virginia  $493,815
Virginia State University Preservation of Storum Hall Virginia  $274,278
Virginia University of Lynchburg Preservation of Humbles Hall Virginia  $499,213
Total      $8,600,000
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Last updated: August 27, 2018