News Menu

News
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Kennedy Williams Kennedy Williams
Spelman College class of 2020
Kara Masterson Kara Masterson
class of
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
New York Inst of Tech class of 1997
Wright Seneres Wright Seneres
Rider University class of 1997
Temeka Wilson Temeka Wilson
class of
Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Keiara Auzenne Keiara Auzenne
UC, Los Angeles class of 2011

Hampton University Receives $75,000 Preservation Grant to Sustain Historic Mural Housed on Campus

Hampton University Receives $75,000 Preservation Grant to Sustain Historic Mural Housed on Campus
Posted By: Kennedy Williams on July 29, 2021

The Hampton University Museum is will receive $75,000 from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund to assist with the preservation of Charles White's historic 1943 mural “The Contribution of the Negro to Democracy in America.” The grant will be utilized to install an HVAC system in Clarke Hall, home of the mural. The system will help maintain an environment for the mural’s future conservation.

“Many thanks to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund for its investment and commitment to protect and restore significant African American historic sites,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President. “This grant not only preserves the rich heritage of “The Contribution of the Negro to Democracy in America,” but it ensures that future generations of Hampton University students and campus visitors are able to remember, learn about and honor those who came before them.”

After visiting colleges in the South, White chose Hampton Institute as the site to create a mural that positively portrayed African Americans. He painted the 11’ x 17’ egg tempera mural on the plaster surface of the wall in Clark Hall’s Wainwright Auditorium. In 1943, the space was the campus YMCA and the center of campus activity and would gain the most visibility.

Hampton’s mural is one of White's earliest public art commissions and the only one painted on a wall and not canvas. The important theme of the mural is as relevant as it was when White resisted the stereotypes depicted of African Americans. He focused on themes like African American resistance as portrayed by Crispus Attucks and others who battled in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and historical figures, such as Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey. White also celebrated Marian Anderson, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Booker T. Washington, a graduate of Hampton.



Noted artists John Biggers, Samella Lewis, and Persis Jennings recalled being models, mixing paints, and cracking the “100” eggs while serving as student assistants.

Born 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, White studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League of New York, and the Taller de Grafica Popular in Mexico. His works are in major museums and private collections nationally and internationally. In 1972, Charles White was honored as the third African American artist elected as a full member of the National Academy of Design. In 2018, Charles White: A Retrospective, celebrated the career of this influential American artist.

“I am extremely pleased to receive this funding from the 2021 Cultural Heritage Action Fund,” said Dr. Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Director of Hampton University Museum and Archives. “First of all the importance of African American landmarks are receiving the support and recognition long overlooked and secondly, this helps us to gain traction on our goal to protect the mural by creating a museum-like approach. I am willing to continue to work towards gaining financial support for the preservation of this important commentary on American history.”

As a 40 Action Fund grantee, the Hampton University Museum is recognized as a steward of an irreplaceable collection of places important in Black culture and American history. The Action Fund is the largest preservation effort ever undertaken to support the longevity of African American historic sites. This year’s grants will help preserve and restore 40 important Black landmarks around the country.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MacKenzie Scott, and other funders allowed The Action Fund to double their grant-making efforts this year. Since July 2018, The Action Fund has invested $7.3 million in 105 preservation projects nationwide.

SOURCE: Hampton University
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
West Virginia State University Announces Modified 2021 Homecoming Schedule
Saint Augustine’s University Signs Articulation Agreement with Grand Valley State University’s HBCU Pipeline Program
Morehouse College Receives $2.5 Million Gift from Mastercard to Attract, Educate, and Empower Black Entrepreneurial Talent
Bowie State University Awarded $1M NSF Grant to Support Computer Science Students
AT&T Awards ASU Cybersecurity Grant for Students
JSU Alumna Felicia Neal Daniel Named CFO of Atlanta's High Museum of Art
Latest News
Saint Augustine’s University Signs Articulation Agreement with Grand Valley State University’s HBCU Pipeline Program

Saint Augustine’s University Signs Articulation Agreement with Grand Valley State University’s HBCU Pipeline Program

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) signed an articulation agreement with Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to provide its students opportunities to earn master’s degrees in advanced computing or en ...more
Kennedy Williams • 77 Views • September 24th, 2021
Morehouse College Receives $2.5 Million Gift from Mastercard to Attract, Educate, and Empower Black Entrepreneurial Talent

Morehouse College Receives $2.5 Million Gift from Mastercard to Attract, Educate, and Empower Black Entrepreneurial Talent

Morehouse College has received a $2.5 million gift from Mastercard to support the development of the Center for Black Entrepreneurship, a ground-breaking, new academic center that will seek to elimina ...more
Kennedy Williams • 100 Views • September 24th, 2021
Bowie State University Awarded $1M NSF Grant to Support Computer Science Students

Bowie State University Awarded $1M NSF Grant to Support Computer Science Students

In response to the growing global need for professionals and academics in the field of computer science to support innovation and build capacity in STEM disciplines, the National Science Foundation (N ...more
Kennedy Williams • 37 Views • September 24th, 2021
AT&T Awards ASU Cybersecurity Grant for Students

AT&T Awards ASU Cybersecurity Grant for Students

The AT&T Foundation is supporting HBCUs in a major way. The major telecommunications company has given a grant to Alabama State to support students pursuing an education in the field of cybersecurity. ...more
Kennedy Williams • 47 Views • September 24th, 2021
JSU Alumna Felicia Neal Daniel Named CFO of Atlanta's High Museum of Art

JSU Alumna Felicia Neal Daniel Named CFO of Atlanta's High Museum of Art

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art has appointed Jackson State University alumna Felicia Neal Daniel as chief financial officer in Georgia. Daniel is responsible for the development of financial strategy, a ...more
Kennedy Williams • 59 Views • September 24th, 2021
Popular News
Louisiana Upholds Life Sentence to Black Man For Stealing Hedge Trimmers in 1997

Louisiana Upholds Life Sentence to Black Man For Stealing Hedge Trimmers in 1997

While this may not be HBCU related news, as an AFrican American male, I had to share this appalling decision by the Louisiana court system to keep a man in jail with a life sentence for such a petty c ...more
Will Moss • 380,505 Views • August 6th, 2020
Apple to Invest over $40 Million Dollars into HBCUs - Time to major in Computer Science!!!

Apple to Invest over $40 Million Dollars into HBCUs - Time to major in Computer Science!!!

On Tuesday Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund stopped by “NewsOne Now” to make a major announcement that could literally change the lives of thousands of HBCU st ...more
Will Moss • 114,419 Views • March 11th, 2015
Blonde Instagram Model Goes Viral for Graduating from HBCU and Pledging Delta Sigma Theta!

Blonde Instagram Model Goes Viral for Graduating from HBCU and Pledging Delta Sigma Theta!

A blonde woman is going viral this morning, for graduating from A Historically Black College while pledging a Black sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. @Blonde_HBCU The woman, an IG ...more
Will Moss • 99,603 Views • November 30th, 2020
Kamala Harris Promises to Forgive Student Loan Debt for HBCU Graduates

Kamala Harris Promises to Forgive Student Loan Debt for HBCU Graduates

Harris promises to offer free tuition for low-income students at public and historically Black colleges Democratic VP candidate also pledges to forgive student-loan debt for HBCU graduates who earn ...more
Will Moss • 68,294 Views • September 10th, 2020
Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to  Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs

Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs

The Student Freedom Initiative announced today a $50 million personal gift from Robert F. Smith, philanthropist and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. This gift matches the initial fu ...more
Will Moss • 68,052 Views • October 22nd, 2020
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!