U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr. and state Sen. John N. Ford joined family last week for the dedication of the Heiman Street Residential Complex at Tennessee State University.
The building was named in honor of the two brothers, both TSU alumni. After being presented with commemorative gifts for the occasion, the Fords surprised guests with a $500,000 gift to the university.
"This is a truly outstanding donation, and the Fords can be sure Tennessee State University will put it to good use," said TSU President James Hefner.
The Harold E. Ford Sr. and John N. Ford Residential Complex is a 122-unit dwelling with single-occupancy, two-and-four-bedroom apartments. The $11 million complex has a Community Center complete with computer lab, beauty salon, exercise room, and activity area.
U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr. became the first African American from the state of Tennessee to be elected to Congress, serving from 1975 until his retirement in 1997. Sen. John N. Ford has served in the state senate since 1974. He was involved in the development of the $112 million master plan for campus improvement.