PITTSFIELD — The historic Samuel Harrison homestead has received $50,000 in state funding.

The announcement came yesterday from the offices of state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, and state Rep. Christopher N. Speranzo, D-Pittsfield.

"This funding helps continue the restoration and renovation of a project that is important not only for its historical significance in Berkshire County, but for the rehabilitation of a neighborhood in Pittsfield," Speranzo said in a news release.

Built in 1850, the Samuel Harrison House was gifted to the Society by Ruth Edmonds Hill, great-granddaughter of the Rev. Samuel Harrison.

Harrison was a former slave who fought for the Union in the Civil War and won the right for equal pay for black and white soldiers serving in the Union Army.

He also served as chaplain for the famous Massachusetts 54th Regiment whose exploits are recounted in the film "Glory," and became the pastor for Pittsfield's Second Congregational Church.

The funds will provide a large portion of the 50 percent match required for the $246,322 Save America's Treasures grant awarded the Samuel Harrison Society from the National Park.