The National Trust for Historic Preservation Named Morgan State University a National Treasure on Tuesday as part of a partnership between the two aimed at preserving the buildings on the Baltimore campus.
Many of the campus structures were designed by renown Black architects including Albert Cassell, Hilyard Robinson, Louis Fry and Leon Bridges. About 20 buildings at Morgan State are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The school’s University Chapel is already listed on the register.
“We have known of Morgan’s significance on the higher education stage for many years and now, as we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary, the world will know that, in fact, this university is a national treasure,” said David Wilson, Morgan State president, in a statement.
Morgan State has one of six HBCU accredited architecture programs and is seeking accreditation in historic preservation.
“The National Trust believes Historically Black Colleges and Universities tell an important and often overlooked American story,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust.
The National Trust is also currently working on an HBCU historic preservation initiative with Howard University in Washington, D.C.