The National Trust for Historic Preservation is recognizing a gem in Baltimore. Morgan State University was named a National Treasure by the organization.
Founded in 1867, Morgan “one of the nation’s earliest institutions to offer post-secondary education for African Americans.” The campus also has an “impressive collection of historic buildings designed by black architects such as Albert Cassell, Hilyard Robinson, Louis Fry and Leon Bridges. It’s the second Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to earn the designation.
Along with recognition, there’s also a challenge inherent with the status. Going forward, officials from Morgan and the National Trust will develop a plan that incorporates the historic buildings into future plans to keep the campus updated.
“We are proud to partner with Morgan State University– a nationally-recognized innovator and education leader– to demonstrate how the preservation of their remarkable older buildings can be a springboard for growth, rejuvenation, and revitalization,” said Stephanie Meek, CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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