FAMU among HBCUs receiving $650K in grants to help preserve campuses

Published: Mar. 1, 2022 at 12:07 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP/WCTV) - A national nonprofit is giving more than $650,000 in grants to help five historically Black colleges and universities to help preserve their campuses.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation this week announced the grants through its HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative.

The Washington-based trust aims to help the institutions develop campus preservation plans.

The grants are going to Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida; Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi; Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.; Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

“Each of these prestigious schools are stewards of important architecture, historic assets, cultural landscapes, and collections, which represent more than a century of learning, growing, and empowerment for their students, faculty, and alumni,” the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website says.

The nonprofit’s website says FAMU will develop a campus-wide preservation plan for its 422-acre campus. Some buildings on campus targeted for collaborative rehabilitation projects in recent years included the Sunshine Manor, Carnegie Library and Gibbs Cottage.

“These campus-wide plans help keep legacy as an essential part of any future improvement, development, or maintenance,” the website says.

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