In 2009, quarterbacks Doug Williams and James Harris founded the Black College Football Hall of Fame to preserve the history and honor the greatest players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Seven years later, the BCFHOF has partnered with the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in order to make the Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio, its new home, to be completed in 2019.
"So many members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and countless numbers of their teammates had a road to greatness paved through Historically Black Colleges and Universities," Hall of Fame president David Baker said in a BCFHOF release. "Their journey is an important part of the history of the game that must not be forgotten. This partnership with the Black College Football Hall of Fame will provide insight into what shaped the lives of so many heroes of this game and will serve as great inspiration to generations of fans."
Harris was the first African-American quarterback to be a full-time starter in the NFL while Williams was the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins.
"The Black College Football Hall of Fame is thrilled to have its permanent home in Canton, Ohio, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame," said Williams, who played and coached at Grambling. "This special partnership will allow us to preserve black college football history for generations to come."
In addition, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will also feature an HBCU Classic and the BCFHOF's annual induction ceremony, normally held in the Atlanta, Ga., area will be held at the Hall of Fame Village.
There have been 64 inductees since its inception including Doug Williams, Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier and Art Shell, who serve as trustees.
"All of us associated with the Black College Football Hall of Fame look forward to working with the team at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to elevate the story of great African-American players and coaches who persevered and overcame great obstacles to achieve their dreams," Harris said in a statement.