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HBCU Wonder of the World Oakland Memorial Chapel under repair
Chapel under repair.
Alcorn State University’s Oakland Memorial Chapel, one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings on the campus, is undergoing planned repairs. Some of the boards on the porch and broken downspouts are being replaced; the top gable, the entire porch including columns, the back stairs and doors are being painted. The building underwent a major renovation in 1999; the cost of the project was $3.5 million.
“The Chapel is a true pearl of Alcorn and a part of the University’s brand,” said ASU Director of Operations Robert A. Wall. “And we want to make sure it’s in a good condition and represents the University well.”
In September 2010, Oakland Memorial Chapel was selected one of the “Seven HBCU Wonders of the World” by HBCU Digest. Built in 1838 and registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1976, the Chapel is considered to be one of the most famous buildings in Mississippi and is a constant tourist attraction.