The National Park Service has announced $9.7 million in grants to assist 21 preservation projects in nine states for historic structures on campuses of historically Black colleges and universities.
“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 Chuck Sams, director of the National Park Service.
HBCUs receiving $500,000 grants for preservations projects this year are:
Alabama State University
Alabama A&M University
Edward Waters University
Florida A&M University
Simmons College of Kentucky
Jackson State University
St. Augustine’s University
North Carolina A&T State University (Two $500,000 grants)
North Carolina Central University
In addition, Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina received a $50,000 grant and Jackson State University received a second grant of $150,000.
Since the 1990s, the National Park Service has awarded more than $87 million in grants to over 85 of the remaining active HBCUs.