Tell the LU Board of Trustees to Consider the Proposed Lincoln University Historic District!

Dear distinguished alumni and friends of Lincoln University,

A few months back you let your voices overwhelmingly be heard to STOP the planned demolition of Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall, one of our university's oldest historic buildings.

You helped us stop the questionable judgment then and we need your voices to be heard again. A Lincoln University Master Campus Plan dated October 2013 now adds Houston Hall, Cresson Hall, Bond House, McRary Hall, Ashmun Hall and Frederick Douglass Hall to the list of buildings to be demolished.

A group of experienced and concerned alumni, the Lincoln University Historic Initiative (LUHI), have been working these past several months with the Commonwealth of PA and supportive elected officials, as well as Friends of Lincoln Village historic preservation group, to have our 15 historic buildings recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. Houston Hall, Cresson Hall and Bond House, slated for demolition, are historic buildings included in the proposed Lincoln University Historic District.

LUHI's vision is to develop an economically viable Lincoln University Historic District that will not only attract visitors, scholars, school groups, business and employment to the campus/region, but will also qualify for preservation grants for much needed repairs to some of the buildings.

We sent a proposal to the Board of Trustees and the Chair, Ms. Kimberly Lloyd has chosen to set it aside and not bring it before the Board or have it considered the Buildings and Property Committee. You can read a copy of the LUHI proposal at

If you have not already done so by email, please sign this petition to register your desire to have Ms. Lloyd bring this matter before the Board of Trustees immediately.

Please, sign below (or on the right) to tell the Lincoln University Board of Trustees to consider the LUHI proposal. Thank you!


Lincoln University Heritage Initiative



  • Joan Wiggins Historians work hard to preserve artifacts and builidings that represent the struggles of African Americans. It does not make sense to destroy but to preserve for our future generations.

  • Christine Tolbert I did not attend Lincoln University child and grandchild but I did attend an HBCU as did my grandchild. So much of our history has been lost, I would say most. Why in the world would you of all institutions want to DESTROY the evidence of one of the Premier black Universities. SHAME ON You!!!

  • Iris Leigh Barnes It is important to maintain buildings such as this. Instead of using funds to demolition the buildings, use the funds to preserve and develop a capital campaign.

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