LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. — An alumni group at the first degree-granting institution for African-Americans says members are glad the oldest building on the campus outside Philadelphia has been named one of America’s “most endangered” places.
The nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Wednesday that Azikiwe-Nkrumah (ah-zee-KEE’-wey nuh-KROO’-muh) Hall at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University is on its list of 11 endangered historic places. Being on the list can mobilize grassroots and political support and funding for preservation.
In 2013, the university floated the idea of demolishing the building dating from 1865. That led a group of alumni to form a preservation alliance, which has been lobbying to save the hall.
The university’s interim president, Richard Green, says the school appreciates inclusion on the list, but reiterates it would be costly to revamp the hall.