116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
A virtual Black History project featuring buildings that housed Black students at the University of Iowa was one of 11 projects in seven communities honored with Iowa's highest awards for historic preservation during this year’s Preserve Iowa Summit. The annual conference is presented by the State Historic Preservation Office, which is part of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
“Honoring Black History in Iowa City“ won the special project award. The project builds on two National Register of Historic Places properties associated with Black history in Iowa known as the Iowa Federation Home and the Tate Arms. During the early 20th century, both of these buildings housed Black students at the University of Iowa at a time when they were barred from dormitories and had limited housing options due to racial discrimination.