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Knoxville College Takes First Steps to Restore the Campus

Knoxville College, the historically Black college in Tennessee, announced last week that it has plans to apply for grants under the U.S. Department of Interior to restore and preserve buildings on campus.

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Any awarded grants would help restore the 143-year-old college’s historic buildings and expand their listings on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Knox News. Officials are working to complete three renovation projects with the help of grants and private funding: a $6-million library building renovation, a $12-million renovation of McKee Hall and a $15-million renovation of the James X Reese Leadership Pavilion.

“This is not a short-term plan,” said Leonard Adams, a Knoxville graduate, and vice chairman of the board of trustees and chairman of the board’s buildings committee. “This is something that’s going to take some years to master redevelop this entire site.”

Earlier in May, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission granted re-activation to Knoxville College to begin enrolling students for online courses. The courses began on September 4.

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