U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) was thrilled to announce $499,869 in federal grant funding today through the National Park Service (NPS) to Miles College to preserve historical structures on campus. The funding comes as part of $7.7 million recently awarded by NPS to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to preserve historic structures including rehabilitation of historic properties, building sites and physical objects on HBCU campuses.
“I am thrilled that Miles College will be receiving nearly $500,000 for historic preservation from the National Park Service,” said Rep. Sewell. “I have fought to create this funding specifically for historic preservation of civil rights sites, especially on HBCU campuses, since coming to Congress. HBCUs like Miles College have played a pivotal role in American history, especially in our nation’s struggle for civil rights, and those sites must be preserved. We must continue to invest in our HBCUs. We need them now more than ever. Protecting our HBCUs continues to be one of my top legislative priorities, and I will never stop working to ensure their vitality.”
“We are honored to be one of the recipients of this grant from the National Park Service,” said Bobbie Knight, President of Miles College. “It will play a significant role in the restoration of historic Williams Hall, breathing life back into a building that has played an indelible role in the history of our institution and has an important position in our future. We are extremely appreciative of Rep. Terri Sewell for her assistance in advocating for Miles College in Washington, D.C. and are indebted for her tireless service to our district. Our grant writing team at Miles was diligent in pursuing this opportunity, as well, and should certainly be commended.”