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Bethune-Cookman University to Open a Historic Preservation Center


Professor Dr. Anthony Dixon is Awarded a $98,867.00 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Help Fund the Historic Preservation Center

Dr. Anthony Dixon, a history professor and archivist at Bethune-Cookman University, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant in the amount of $98,897.00. The Historic Preservation Center (HPC) will be located in the Carl Swisher Library on B-CU’s campus and will be used to assist students who are minoring in Public History. This initiative is a collaborative effort between the College of Liberal Arts, Public and International Affairs Department and the Swisher Library. Students interested in comparable history careers will also have access to the center.

“Funding will be utilized for the creation of the center that will be be a training ground to shape the next generation of historic preservationists,” said Dixon. Students will engage through research, public programming and practicums within their chosen courses, HPC, Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Museum and the university archives.  In addition, graduate students will receive stipends to work directly in the HPC. With the addition of the HPC and newly created programming, students will have the opportunity for more research opportunities and career choices.

For more information about the Historic Preservation Center, contact: Dr. Anthony Dixon, Assistant History Professor, 386-481-2450 or

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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