Alabama A&M University receives grant to renovate historic building

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama A&M University has received a grant to start a restoration project for one of the oldest buildings on campus.

AAMU was one of the schools chosen by the National Park Service’s 2022 Historically Black College and Universities grant program. They will receive $500,000 to begin the restoration and renovation of the Carnegie Hall Library.

“The AAMU is thrilled with this award and the opportunity to preserve this significant structure. We are grateful for the support and assistance of the Huntsville Historic Huntsville Foundation, the City of Huntsville, the Normal Historic District Preservation Association and consultant Dr Caroline Swope, of Kingstree Studios,” said Dr Qian.

The building is the oldest structure on campus, built in 1904, construction was funded by Andrew Carnegie and is one of 1,679 libraries built across the country between 1886 and 1919. The AAMU is the only remaining Carnegie library standing in Madison County.

Money from the NPS grant will go towards Phase I of the restoration and repair, which includes the preparation of a document known as the Historic Structure Report. The document will include research, measured drawings, field evaluation and material sampling.

Dr Qian said the most immediate need for the building was work on the roof to help mitigate the deterioration of the building.

Carnegie Building between 1921 and 1927.

The building has had several uses over the years, in 2022 it houses the university’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The National Park Service has awarded a total of $9.7 million to help 21 projects at 19 Southeast HBCUs.


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