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Swayne Hall, Talladega College

Talladega, Alabama
County of Talladega.
Talladega College
National Register Number: 74002223
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: AL-3 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: College Campus.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 2, 1974):
Completed in 1857 as a Baptist men's college, Swayne Hall was purchased in 1867 by the American Missionary Association with the assistance of the Freedmen's Bureau. Originally constructed with slave labor, in the post-Civil War era the building became part of Talledega College, which served African-Americans. Talledega College is significant because it is one of the few Negro colleges that pursued a strong liberal arts program during a period when vocationalism dominated Black education. Well into the 20th century, Talledega was the only institution in Alabama equipped to offer Blacks a true undergraduate education.

Swayne Hall suffered from general deterioration of interior and exterior elements of this building.

$1.2 million was authorized under the Historic Black Colleges and Universities Program administered by the National Park Service to restore Swayne Hall. Restoration identified as needed in a Condition Assessment prepared by the National Park Service has been completed.

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