Talladega College’s band outside Foster Hall

TALLADEGA, AL – Talladega College has been awarded two African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Fund grants from the National Park Service (NPS). The College will receive a $500,000 grant for its Foster Hall Interior Preservation, Restoration, and Rehabilitation Development Project, and a $50,000 grant for Talladega College and the Civil Rights Movement: A Watershed in History.

“This is extremely significant news for the College, for the community and for individuals throughout the nation who value the preservation of history,” said Dr. Bill C. Hawkins, President of Talladega College. “We recently transformed the campus by constructing three new buildings simultaneously. Now, thanks to the National Park Service, we will be able to begin renovating one of our most important historic buildings.”

Talladega’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement Seddrick T. Hill, Sr. added, “The $500,000 grant will help us restore Foster Hall, which was the heart and soul of the College for over one hundred years. The $50,000 grant will enable us to conduct research, document history and create educational materials that details Talladega College’s extensive role in the civil rights movement.”

Foster Hall was the first facility built specifically for Talladega College after the institution was established in 1867. Construction began in 1869 and was completed the following year. It was named in honor of Rev. Lemuel Foster,, a staunch abolitionist from Blue Island, Illinois, who donated most of the funds needed to construct the building. Foster Hall served as a residence hall for female students and faculty and included dining facilities for the entire school. it was the site for numerous civil rights planning meetings. The building closed in 1980 after a fire ravaged the interior. It has remained closed for four decades.

“Alumni still talk about their memories of Foster Hall. They reminisce about how beautiful the interior was, about what the building meant to them, and about its role in the civil rights struggle,” said Hill.

Funds from NPS for Talladega College and the Civil Rights Movement: A Watershed in History will aid Talladega in documenting stories about the College’s civil rights activities, including Talladega College’s 1961 march on Anniston, Alabama. The march was organized after Dr. Arthur L. Bacon, a Talladega College senior at the time, was assaulted at the Southern Railway Station in Anniston.

The National Park Service (NPS) is awarding $14 million in African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Fund grants to fund 51 projects across 20 states and the District of Columbia.

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About Talladega College

The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrent. Talladega College is the home of the renowned Hall Woodruff Amistad Murals, which received rave reviews from the New York Times during a three year, eight-city tour. For more information, visit www.talladega.edu.

Morrison Hall, built in 1924, is one of the five buildings within the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina National Register historic district in Greensboro, North Carolina. The College will receive funding for its preservation.

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) announced on April 24, 2020, $7.7 million in grants to 18 projects in 12 states for the preservation of historic structures on campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Since the 1990s, the National Park Service has awarded more than $60 million in grants to over 80 of the remaining active HBCUs, according to a press release by NPS.

“These grants help us to honor the legacy of HBCUs in serving our nation’s higher education needs,” said David Vela, National Park Service Deputy Director. “Funding awarded this year will help preserve 18 historic properties on HBCU campuses in 12 states, many of which are listed in the National Register.”

Projects funded by these grants will support the physical preservation of National Register listed sites on HBCU campuses to included historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Eligible costs include pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

Congress appropriates funding for the program through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

Projects receiving grants this year will preserve stories, resources, and places like the Samuel T. Graves Hall at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA; the University Memorial Chapel at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD; and the Historic Carnegie Library at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC.

For more information about the grants and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities program, please visit . Applications for $10 millions in FY2020 funding will be available in the fall of 2020.

Historically Black College and University Awards:

StateProjectsGranteeAward
Alabama
Fairfield
Williams Hall Historic Preservation ProjectMiles College$499,869
Georgia
Atlanta
Samuel T. Graves Hall Exterior Repair and Restoration ProjectMorehouse College$500,000
Louisiana
Baton
Rouge
Preservation of the Archives BuildingSouthern University and A&M College$499,938
Louisiana
Grambling
University Memorial Chapel Window PreservationMorgan State University $500,000
Mississippi
Jackson
Preservation of the Historic Mt. Olive CemeteryJackson State University$496,023
North Carolina
Greensboro
Dudley Memorial Building Renovation ProjectNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University$500,000
North Carolina
Greensboro
Morrison and Murphy Hall UpdatesNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University$266,068
North Carolina
Salisbury
Preservation of the Historic Andrew Carnegie LibraryLivingstone College$500,000
Ohio
Wilberforce
Conversion of the Power Plant to the Frank Murphy Student Success CenterCentral State University$500,000
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
Historic Cottage Row District Preservation ProjectLangston University$473,820
South Carolina
Columbia
Pratt Hall Preservation ProjectBenedict College$500,000
South Carolina
Orangeburg
The SCSU Forensic Analysis/Assessment of Wilkinson Hall ProjectSouth Carolina State University$50,000
South Carolina
Orangeburg
Trustee Hall Preservation and Restoration InitiativeClaflin University$446,569
Texas
Tyler
The Rehabilitation of the D.R. Glass LibraryTexas College$500,000
Virginia
Lynchburg
Preservation of Humbles Hall Phase IIVirginia University of Lynchburg$499,713
West Virginia
Bluefield
President’s House Renovation ProjectBluefield State College – Applied Research Foundation of West Virginia$68,000
Total$7,760,00

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