Talladega College will receive additional $500,000 for William R. Harvey Art Museum

Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins (left) with state Rep. Barbara B. Boyd and state Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh at the college's faculty and staff retreat at the Oxford Civic Center. Boyd and Marsh announced the college will receive an additional $500,000 for construction of the William R. Harvey Art Museum.

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TALLADEGA -- Talladega College will receive an additional $500,000 from the state of Alabama to build the William R. Harvey Art Museum, according to a press release.

The museum will house the acclaimed Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals.

State Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and District 32 state Rep. Barbara B. Boyd made the announcement during the college’s faculty and staff retreat at the Oxford Civic Center on Tuesday.

Marsh discussed how the state of Alabama initially committed $1 million to the project because of its historical significance and its positive impact on Alabama.

“It was a good day when we got $1 million for the museum and it was a good day when we got an additional $500,000,” he said in the release. “The whole world will be able to come and see the Amistad Murals.”

Boyd discussed her memories of taking classes at Talladega College and being exposed to the acclaimed murals.

“Talladega College prepared me for the world,” she said in the release.

The museum is named in honor of Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey, a Talladega College graduate who contributed $1 million to the project.