Stillman College gets grant for library, civil rights museum

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Karnera Gifford

TUSCALOOSA – Stillman College was awarded $1.3 million in federal funds to renovate the Sheppard Library and the Stinson Science Center. The school was one of five historically Black colleges and universities to receive money as part of the grant.

The grant was not only a big accomplishment for the five schools, it is also a way to preserve the campus for many years to come.

“The maximum amount for these institutions was $500,000, but the fact that each of these institutions received the maximum amount they could that year on historic preservation grants is very important. We need to make sure this beautiful library is preserved and is there for future generations of Stillman College,” said U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell.

Stillman’s science center received $800,000. The additional $500,000 will go toward renovating the library to include a civil rights museum. With new renovations coming to the campus, Stillman leaders hope new students will come along with it.

“Show the community Stillman. We do not have a lot of people, so to have this jewel of a library, a digital learning center, that tells civil rights history of this community then we will see more great students come in,” said Stillman President Cynthia Warrick.

Students hope the grant shows Stillman College is a force to be reckoned with

“I think this grant says we are small, but we are mighty. We don’t have to be a big school like the Howards and the Spellmans to make an impact like we are today,” said Jaela Williams, a student at Stillman College.

Final plans are being approved and renovations should begin in the spring.

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