A newly named task force will consider UNC-Chapel Hill’s landmarks and make recommendations for how to curate the campus’ history.
The group was announced Wednesday by UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, who said in a letter to the community that “an honest and thoughtful account of Carolina’s history will encourage people to reflect on how race, class and privilege have shaped the university and the nation.”
The idea for the task force was launched in May when the Board of Trustees voted to rename Saunders Hall, the academic building named for a 19th Century purported Ku Klux Klan leader. The building is now named Carolina Hall.
The task force will plan historical markers and exhibits for Carolina Hall and McCorkle Place; make recommendations for published information about campus landmarks; study the feasibility of a permanent collection of university history; and explore a possible online orientation program to educate people about UNC’s history.
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Co-chairs for the group are: Winston Crisp, vice chancellor student affairs; Amy Locklear Hertel, director of the American Indian Center and clinical assistant professor of social work; and James Leloudis, history professor and associate dean for Honors Carolina and director of the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence.