Monday, February 29, 2016

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Brittany A.B. Surratt

WASHINGTON, DC (February 29, 2016) ---The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced Howard University’s The Founders Library as a National Treasure. With this announcement comes a partnership between the two entities to revitalize Founders Library as a 21st century learning space, while preserving its history, culture and character. It is the only site at an historically Black college or university to be named a National Treasure.

“We are excited to partner with the National Trust for the restoration of the Library, as we continue to make strides in offering our students a preeminent education with the best available resources,” said Howard University president, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick. Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation called the Founders project its “signature initiative." She added that the National Trust maintains "a revolving portfolio of nearly 60 diverse and important places across America that face an uncertain future. Working to save Founders Library fits in very well with our expand the scope of historic preservation, so that it reflects the true diversity of our nation and works to save more overlooked places.”

As the site of a National Treasure, the University will receive technical assistance on the use of federal and new market tax credits to fund future rehabilitation expenses from the National Trust Community Investment Corporation. Additionally, National Trust experts will advise the University on best practices that guarantee the historical framework and significance of Founders Library is maintained for future generations. Dr. Frederick stated the major goal of the partnership is “to embark on a designation and a project that we feel will restore The Founders Library to its full glory years.”

Guided by the vision and talent of architect Albert I. Cassell, Founders Library’s cornerstone was dedicated in 1937, and its doors were officially opened in 1939. The library is also the home of the University's museum and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, one of the world's largest repositories dedicated to the history and culture of people of African descent. To learn more about The Founders Library National Treasure project, visit

About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information, visit the University's Web site at

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places. For more information, visit