WASHINGTON, D.C. (courtesy benedict.edu and nps.gov) — SCICU members Allen University and Benedict College are among 13 HBCUs in 10 states that will share $9.7 million announced May 5 by the National Park Service for its Historic Preservation Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant Program.
“These grants enable historic educational institutions to preserve the story of African American education and the campuses where new experiences and stories continue to evolve today,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “Through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grants Program, the National Park Service supports our HBCUs in the preservation of their historic campus structures and history.”
Benedict College is the only HBCU in the May 5 funding group that was awarded two grants. The third phase of the Morgan Hall preservation is supported by $750.000 in NPS funding, while another $750,000 is dedicated for the rehabilitation of Antisdel Chapel. Built in 1895, Morgan Hall is the oldest building on the Benedict campus, and it served as the home for five Benedict College presidents.
Allen University’s preservation project for Coppin Hall was selected to receive $750,000 in NPS funding.
Allen University and Benedict College are joined by S.C. State University in the latest round of NPS Historic Preservation Fund awards for HBCUs. Roughly one-third of the NPS $9.7 million total grant funds are dedicated to these three South Carolina HBCUs.