National Park Service Donates $9.5 Million Toward HBCU Campus Restoration

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Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in ten different states have been awarded grants totaling $9.5 million from the National Park Service (NPS). The grants will fund the preservation of historical buildings and structures on campus.

Shawn Benge, deputy director of the NPS, said these donations will help HBCUs “honor the past and tell the ongoing story of these historic institutions.”

Three notable projects that will benefit from the grants include the restoration of pews and stained-glass in Antisdel Chapel at Benedict College in South Carolina; a window restoration project in Centennial Hall at Edward Waters University in Florida; and the preparation, stabilization, and rehabilitation of Hermitage Hall in St. Augustine’s University in North Carolina.

NPS has given $77.6 million in grants to HBCUs since 1995. Funding comes from the Historic Preservation Fund program.