One of the current efforts of the 1887 Committee is partnering with the Office of Alumni Affairs and other NAA Chapters to restore the Gibbs Cottage and transform it to the new Alumni house through financial and furniture donations and volunteer labor resources.
Built in 1894, Gibbs Cottage is the oldest building on campus. It was originally the residence of the first Vice President of the University and legislative representative, Thomas Van Renssalaer Gibbs, whose idea it was to establish the State Normal College for Colored Students.
Altha Manning, Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Affairs states: "It is imperative that we preserve this part of our legacy. Thus, this project is a large undertaking for the restoration of a historic structure which has served the university in many capacities for more than 112 years.
Thanks to our partners in construction, Alumni and friends of Florida A & M University, the makeover of Gibbs Cottage will be a historic event. This structure will be recognized all over the country as a major historic preservation initiative which provides an "Alumni Place" of which all FAMUANS and friends can be proud.
To become a part of the 1887 Committee or to find out more on how you can help with the Gibbs Cottage restoration or other endeavors, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org