Congressman Clyburn Announces $3 Million To Preserve And Restore Historically Black Colleges And Universities In South Carolina

May 22, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC- On Tuesday U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC-06) announced $3 million from the National Park Service (NPS) to help preserve and restore Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in South Carolina. The funding will support four projects that will focus on repairing historic structures on the campuses.
NPS awarded $9.7 million total for 14 projects in 10 states as part of the Historic Preservation Fund ’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant program. South Carolina received 30% of the allocated funding and was the only state to receive funding for multiple projects.

“I am pleased to see another round of essential funding coming to South Carolina’s HBCUs,” said Congressman Clyburn. “I applaud the National Park Service for supporting these preservation and rehabilitation projects. This continued support will help future generations remember the legacy of HBCUs.”

Congress appropriated funding for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant Program in FY2022 through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Congressman Clyburn has long been a champion of this program, having successfully passed legislation to authorize it in 2003 and 2019.

View full list of South Carolina recipients below:

Benedict College

Morgan Hall Preservation Extension Project – Phase III - $750,000

Benedict College

Rehabilitation of Antisdel Chapel - $750,000

Allen University

The Coppin Hall Preservation Project - $750,000

South Carolina State University

Wilkinson Hall Pathway to Full Rehabilitation – Phase IV - $750,000

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are vital components of our post-secondary education system. HBCUs were originally tasked with the sole responsibility of providing higher education to Black men and women when similar institutions refused. Many doctors, lawyers, and notable figures in American history attended HBCUs. It is critical that HBCUs’ historical and educational value continue to be protected by Congress.