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Park Service Awards $500K for Restoration of Oldest Building at Alabama HBCU

A historic site of the civil rights movement that graces the campus of one of Alabama’s historically Black colleges and universities is getting a facelift to the tune of nearly $50,000.

Erected in 1907, Williams Hall on the campus of Miles College has been in disrepair for years, according to school leaders who announced the renovation project.

“We are honored to be one of the recipients of this grant from the National Park Service,” Miles College President Bobbie Knight said in a statement. “This grant provides a significant contribution to 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 a significant position in our future.”

Miles, affiliated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, is located just southwest of Birmingham in Jefferson County and is one of 18 schools in the U.S. — and the only in Alabama — to receive a portion of $7.7 million awarded in this round of funding from the National Park Service.

Miles leaders said they intend to restore Williams Hall to its 20th-century appearance while adding modern spaces for academics, teaching and a museum.

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