Virginia University-Lynchburg receives $500k from National Park Service

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The Virginia University of Lynchburg has received funding from the National Park Service as part of a preservation grant to historically black colleges and universities.

In total, the park service awarded $8.6 million in grant funding to support projects that preserve significant historic structures on the campuses of 18 HBCUs.

The Virginia University of Lynchburg will receive $499,213 for the preservation of Humbles Hall. 

“HBCUs have played an important role in our country’s pursuit of equality, civil rights, and higher education for all Americans,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “These grants will help restore and enhance landmark buildings that are a source of pride on campuses in nine states.”

According to the university’s website: In 1886, just 21 years out of slavery, African American Baptist leaders founded Lynchburg’s oldest institution of higher education for men and women to meet the growing demands of our community for better-educated and trained ministers, missionaries, and public school teachers.

Other Virginia universities that will receive funding are the following: 

Virginia Union University

Preservation of Huntley Hall

Virginia

 $500,000

Hampton University

Wigwam Preservation Project

Virginia

 $500,000

Virginia State University

Preservation of Vawter Hall

Virginia

 $493,815

Virginia State University

Preservation of Storum Hall

Virginia

 $274,278

Virginia University of Lynchburg

Preservation of Humbles Hall

Virginia

 $499,213

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