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2008 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award Recipients

Public Education and Awareness Award to Central State University for raising awareness of its historic campus buildings and promoting the importance of preserving them as evidence of the university's rich heritage and its legacy of higher education and advancement of African Americans in Ohio and the nation.


Ohio’s only public historically-black university, Central State originated in 1887 as the Combined Normal and Industrial Department of Wilberforce University. Central State now owns the old Wilberforce campus, and preserving Central State’s historic resources has been a priority of President John Garland. Since 1997, he’s worked to protect and promote them, with assistance from Sheila Darrow of University Archives, Harland Henderson of Business Services and Capital Development, and Anthony Fairbanks of Institutional Advancement. Major achievements have included adding three of the old Wilberforce buildings to the National Register of Historic Places: the 1927 Combined Normal and Industrial Department Power Plant; the 1907 Carnegie Library; and Emery Hall, a dorm designed by Columbus architect Frank Packard and completed in 1913, with gifts from Andrew Carnegie and E.J. Emery. Along with five Ohio Bicentennial Markers on the Central State and Old Wilberforce campuses, they’ve been incorporated into a walking tour for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Major work completed or underway includes improving the old Carnegie Library and rehabilitating Emery Hall with the aid of funds from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Preservation Program and the Bill Cosby Challenge. Central State’s older buildings reflect the university's rich heritage and its legacy of higher education and advancement of African Americans in Ohio and the nation.

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