This year the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the national nor-for-profit preservation advocacy group, listed historically black colleges nationwide on their most endangered historic places list. Says the Trust: "Having shaped the lives of generations of African Americans, these proud institutions need funding for rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance of many deteriorated campus landmarks."
In an effort to bring awareness of the importance of these institutions to Alabama, AHC and APA have placed Alabama's black colleges and universities on our endangered list as well. Alabama has fourteen historically black colleges, including Alabama State University (Montgomery), Alabama A&M (Huntsville), Tuskegee University, and Talladega College. Budget constraints and the need for continued growth at these institutions often put historic resources in harm's way. Planning and development for these historic structures are key issues that need to be addressed by campus leaders.
Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.