Tuskegee University students and faculty were joined by members of the community for a HOPE Crew window restoration workshop on campus in early January. Nineteen participants worked under the instruction of master craftsman James Turner of Turner Restoration, learning to safely assess, deconstruct, repair, reassemble, and reinstall historic windows on campus during the three-day workshop supported by the Fund II Foundation.
"Working on these historic windows honors the legacy of Tuskegee students who helped build these structures on campus over one hundred years ago. It's also in keeping with the educational philosophy of Tuskegee co-founder Dr. Booker T. Washington of 'learning to do by doing,'" observes HOPE Crew manager Molly Baker. This workshop was the third HOPE Crew project at Tuskegee University, and upperclassmen who participated in previous window restoration projects returned as student mentors.
HOPE Crew will return to Tuskegee University in July 2020 for a week-long window restoration project as part of a summer training program for HBCU students offered in partnership with the National Park Service and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation.