Florida A&M University (FAMU) is Florida’s only historically black, state-supported institution of higher education. The University and its graduates have had a profound impact on the economic, educational, social, political and religious development, which has helped advance African Americans in Florida and neighboring states.
On May 6, 1996, the FAMU campus and its surrounding community were designated by the United States Department of the Interior as a National Historic District based on the institution's historic significance and the architectural style of its oldest buildings. The designation also recognized the national achievements and contributions of FAMU students, alumni, faculty and staff, both past and present. The historic district designation resulted from cooperative efforts between FAMU, the Black Archives, the Florida Bureau of Historical Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and FAMU’s School of Architecture.
The University and the research center both continue to play major roles in fostering improved race relations between America’s diverse and constantly growing populations.