The Prichard Family Foundation has established the Lev H. Prichard III Traditional Black Music Restoration Endowed Fund, enhancing Baylor University's undertaking of a one-of-a-kind initiative to restore and preserve the profound influence of this genre of music.
Through the Foundation's gift, Baylor's Black Gospel Music Restoration Project will be expanded and increased, ensuring that Baylor University will be a focal point for scholars, choir directors and admirers of traditional black music, alike, sharing this unique storehouse of riches with future generations.
"The Prichard Endowment positions the Baylor Libraries to continue to build a collection of traditional black music with national significance. Already, we believe Baylor has the largest collection of Black Gospel Music in an academic setting," said Pattie Orr, vice president for information technology and dean of Baylor University libraries. "The endowment will assure that this work can proceed long-term to preserve records, tapes or whatever media may be at risk in the future."
A concert featuring Christian recording artist and Grammy Award winner Ashley Cleveland marked the celebration of this endowment and paid tribute to the selfless life Lev Prichard III lived.
Lev, an Alumnus Honoris Causa of Baylor University, and Ella Prichard, BA '63, faithfully supported the University in a great number of ways, including scholarships and gifts for athletic facilities, Castellaw Communications Center and the libraries.