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4 NC HBCUs will receive over $500,000 for historic building preservation

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Four North Carolina universities will soon receive funding to preserve historic structures on their campuses.

It comes as the National Park Service announces $9.7 million in grants to help preserve historically black colleges and universities.

This year, the grants will help 21 conservation projects in nine states, according to a press release.

North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Central University, Shaw University and St. Augustine’s University have been named as recipients of the 2022 North Carolina Grant Award.

According to a press release, each project will be allocated $500,000.

North Carolina A&T University receives grants for two different projects.

A $500,000 grant will be used to redevelop World War Memorial Stadium, which was built in 1926 and is North Carolina’s oldest minor league ballpark, according to a press release. It said the project will be used to repair the structural concrete seating table and install new seating, including the addition of ADA-accessible seating and other safety features.

The NPS says the second $500,000 grant will be used to redevelop Vanstory Hall, a residential home built in 1966.

North Carolina Central University will receive a grant to rehabilitate windows in James Shepard’s Administration Building, the press release said.

Shaw University will use the money to rehabilitate the 1910 Tyler Hall, which was formerly the original Shaw Library, according to the university’s website. The university is the oldest historically black university in the southern United States

St. Augustine’s University receives a grant to repair its historic chapel.

“For more than 180 years, historically black colleges and universities have provided quality academics, opportunity and community to generations of students,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “These grants allow HBCUs to preserve the remarkable structures that honor the past and tell the ongoing story of these historic institutions.”

In addition to North Carolina, universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia were also named as recipients.

North Carolina and Alabama will receive the most funding, with each state being allocated $2.5 million.

click here to learn more about the grant program.

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Dais Johnston

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