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HBCU Students Gain Hands-On Preservation Training at Tuskegee University

WHAT: Tuskegee University students are participating in a program this summer that aims to bring young African American students working toward architecture degrees into historic preservation and related career paths.  

“Touching History: Preservation in Practice” was developed to raise awareness about the importance of historic preservation and conservation while, at the same time, engaging a new generation of preservation professionals in completing urgent preservation work at America’s HBCU campuses. 

Six Tuskegee University architecture students are working with the National Trust’s HOPE (Hands-On Preservation Experience) Crew through August 22 to perform window restoration work on the Willcox E building. The media is invited to attend a special open house to meet project leaders and learn about the essential maintenance and preservation work now underway. HOPE Crew participants, as well as spokespeople from the National Trust, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and Tuskegee University will be on hand to speak with the media. 

Touching History: Preservation in Practice is a joint effort of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Park Service’s Western Center for Historic Preservation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew. 

WHEN: Thursday, August 22 | 10:00 am

WHERE: William Willcox Hall E, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama 

Assistance with directions while en route:

  • Tuskegee University Police Department, 334.724.8756
  • Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing: 334.703.2643 (cell)

Directions from Interstate 85 Northbound

From I-85 North, exit the interstate at the Tuskegee/Franklin exit (Exit 32). From the exit, turn right onto Pleasant Springs Drive (County Road 50/30). After approximately two miles, turn left onto Franklin Road (County Road 30). At the end of Franklin Road (after approximately three miles), take a left at the traffic light onto Old Montgomery Road. At the next traffic light, the main gates to the university will be on your left. Enter the main gates and take a left onto Robert R. Moton Road after passing the guard station. Pass Fannie Norton Smith Street (first right) and take the next right into the parking lot for Willcox E (first building on your left).

Directions from Interstate 85 Southbound

From I-85 South, exit the interstate at the Tuskegee/Notasulga exit (Exit 38). From the exit, turn left onto Tuskegee Airmen Boulevard (Highway 81). Travel approximately two miles, which will include three 90-degree turns before turning left onto North Main Street. At the first traffic light (across from Burger King), turn right onto Old Montgomery Road. Travel approximately one mile down Old Montgomery Road, which bisects the Tuskegee University campus. The main gates to the university are located at the traffic light; turn right into campus. After entering the main gates, take a left onto Robert R. Moton Road after passing the guard station. Pass Fannie Norton Smith Street (first right) and take the next right into the parking lot for Willcox E (first building on your left)