The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) recently received funds to complete the Alabama Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Survey and Nomination Project.

This project will provide a comprehensive survey of existent four-year HBCUs in Alabama.

The announcement was received via press release, and the campuses to benefit from this grant are Alabama State University in Montgomery; A&M University and Oakwood College in Huntsville; Tuskegee University in Tuskegee; Talladega College in Talladega; Selma University and Concordia College in Selma; Stillman College in Tuscaloosa; and Miles College in Birmingham.

Last month, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced $500,000 in grants to help fund projects across the country to increase the number of listings associated with communities that are underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places.

The AHC project has two goals: to survey and update existing National Register historic district nominations for five HBCUs in Alabama, and to survey and nominate to the National Register of Historic Places the four remaining HBCU campus historic districts in Alabama.

Currently, the five colleges listed in the National Register of Historic Places as historic districts are Alabama State University, Alabama A&M University, Miles College, Talladega College and Tuskegee University.

Alabama's HBCUs, which have played a major role in the state's history as well as the history of the nation, are worthy of this distinguished designation.

The Alabama Historical Commission’s proposed survey and nomination project will benefit these historical institutions in preserving their campuses, while also educating others about their significant role in the history of Alabama and the nation.

For more information, go to www.ahc.alabama.gov