UNCF Applauds Congress for Reauthorization of the HBCU Historic Preservation Program
Today, the United States House of Representatives passed S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, sending the bill to President Trump’s desk for signature. This bill, initially passed by the U.S. Senate Feb. 12, includes language to reauthorize the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Historic Preservation program within the U.S. Department of Interior from fiscal year (FY) 2019 to FY 2025.
The HBCU Historic Preservation program was created in 1988 to preserve the legacy of historic structures on HBCU campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. HBCUs represent a significant place in American history as institutions established as early as 1837 for former slaves and freedmen, and they contain repositories of important books, papers and memorabilia of black history.
“After years of advocating for the reauthorization of this program, I am happy to see that we have finally crossed the finished line,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF’s president and CEO. “The rich history of our HBCUs are invaluable, and it is imperative that we ensure that this program is authorized and well-funded.”
“This bill passed both the House and Senate, respectively, with overwhelming majorities, which strongly indicates the bipartisan support for this program,” said Lodriguez V. Murray, vice president of public policy and government affairs for UNCF. “I want to thank senators Kamala Harris and Lindsey Graham as well as Majority Whip Rep. James E. Clyburn for their leadership on this very important matter. UNCF looks forward to the President signing this measure into law.”
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced S. 280, a bill to reauthorize the HBCU Historic Preservation Program while Majority Whip Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC) introduced H.R. 870, a companion bill to also reauthorize the program. Language from both bills was included in S. 47.