Voorhees College receives $500,000 grant for preservation of historic building

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Voorhees College receives $500,000 grant for preservation of historic building

August 29, 2018

Voorhees College has recently received a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service. The grant, funded through the Historic Preservation Fund, will be used for the preservation of the Booker T. Washington Hall.

The Booker T. Washington Hall, which was built in 1905, is the oldest building on campus and was originally used as a hospital for the Bamberg County area.

“It is fitting that funding be provided to preserve such a significant and historic structure as the Booker T. Washington Hall,” said President W. Franklin Evans. “This building is the only structure currently on campus that Voorhees’ founder, Ms. Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, witnessed seeing.”

The Booker T. Washington Hall is named after former president of the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), Booker T. Washington, who was the mentor of Ms. Wright.

“The funding for Booker T. Washington will serve as the catalyst for a long-term preservation program that will involve our students, faculty, staff and alumni. We are very pleased to have applied for and received funding for this important legacy project,” said Menia D. Lee, sponsored research director.

Voorhees is one among 18 historically black colleges to receive a National Park Service grant. Voorhees College is one of only three HBCUs to receive this round of funding in South Carolina.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.

Booker T. Washington Hall