Purpose and Goals
To promote, protect, preserve and enhance the physical character of the Alabama A&M University Historic District;
To maintain the integrity, aesthetics, and character of the district and its historic structures;
To protect the environment and natural features of the Normal Historic District and to promote the restoration of existing properties and encourage compatible new developments;
To serve as an additional resource to the State Black Archives, Research & Museum in creating a repository of source materials on African American History and Culture in Alabama;
To support, advocate, and work with Alabama A&M University and the Alabama State Black Archives, Reearch Center and Museum to promote and preserve the history of the Alabama A&M University campus and the history of African Americans in Alabama.
The Normal Historic District Preservation Association was organized in 2007 by the Office of the President with a group of Alabama A&M University alumni, faculty, staff and students.
Over the next year, several additional meetings were held to draft and approve bylaws and articles of incorporation and in late 2008, the founding board of directors was appointed by the President. The Normal Historic Preservation Association was incorporated on April 15, 2009.
The Normal Historic District Preservation Association (NHDPA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the preservation and revitalization of Alabama A&M University National Historic District and other historic artifacts of the University. The Normal Historic District is located on the campus of Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama.
The Normal Historic District
Recognized at the local, state, and federal level, the Normal Historic District consists of 46 historic structures and artifacts, 36 of which contribute to the historic character of the District. Of contributing structures, 7 are academic buildings, 5 are residential halls, 2 are athletic facilities, 8 are agricultural buildings, 2 are maintenance buildings, and 2 are former dining halls.
The District also includes a former hosptial, 2 cemeteries, a security building, 2 utility buildings, an early post office, agricultural expermental fields, and an ornamental gate.