Dr. Melissa Stuckey, ECSU professor of history, stands in front of the Rosenwald School building on campus. ECSU was just awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to help renovate this and the Prinicpal’s House for a planned African American American Research and Cultural Heritage Center.

Ask Elizabeth City State University history professor, Dr. Melissa Stuckey, about plans for the Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Center, and her eyes light up. The Center is her passion and that passion has been awarded a $350,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, funding the renovation of the Rosenwald School building and Principal’s House on the university campus.

According to Stuckey, the grant will help renovate the historic buildings, moving forward the creation of ECSU’s Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Center. It is, however, a matching grant and Stuckey says she will be working on fundraising and finding donors to not only match the amount, but also reach the $1.5 million goal needed to complete the renovation of the facilities.

“We need to be raising the entire amount, and feel like we can do that,” said Stuckey, who is the author of the NEH grant proposal.

The Center has been an ongoing project, bringing together the division of Liberal and Fine Arts and Academic Affairs to plan and execute what Stuckey says is an important and significant project.

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Originally published August 8, 2018. Written by Robert Kelly-Goss.

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