Project Restore: a Capital Campaign for the Blackwell School

The Blackwell School Alliance has kicked off a capital campaign to raise money to restore the schoolhouse and create powerful exhibits to tell the stories of segregated education for children of Mexican descent--for Marfa and beyond. 

Now is the Time

 

The Blackwell School Alliance is raising $1.4 million for the restoration and interpretation of the Blackwell School.

In July the Alliance was approached by the Rio Grande Council of Governments with a new grant opportunity: American Rescue Plan Act Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Funding Opportunity. We qualify for the Competitive Tourism Grants in Construction for the purpose of economic resilience. ARPA grants fund 80% of project costs, with our project costed at $1.4 million. With the COG’s help we are meeting the requirements and applying for this grant by its deadline in January 2022.

 

With this funding we will fully restore our buildings—the 1909 original schoolhouse and the 1927 smaller classroom building—in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines for the treatment of historic properties as interpreted through our 2019 Historic Structures Report, with

adaptations respecting the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local codes. This project will develop and install a world class museum exhibits, turning our photos, objects, stories, and scholarship into meaningful connections that maintain the site's authenticity and impart the full significance and relevance of this site to the American experience.

 

By January we will raise $280,000 as our 20% match— with $110,000 from philanthropic foundations; $20,000 from the City of Marfa in pledged HOT funds over four years; and $150,000 from our local communities and the larger historic preservation community in Texas. 

 

Can you help us with a donation of as much as $10,000? We thank you very much for your consideration. 

 

Gretel Enck, President

We are so grateful for donations received and pledged so far:

* Permian Basin Area Foundation: $25,000

City of Marfa: $20,000  over four years

* Texas Historical Foundation: $5000

* Dixon Water Foundation: $1000

* Individual Donations: $11,000

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