Building Narratives

Below are the long-form illustrated essays developed by the History 671 students on campus buildings and their namesakes. In parentheses is the year the building opened.

***PLEASE NOTE: THE LIST OF BUILDINGS BELOW INCLUDES *ALL* BUILDINGS HISTORY 671 STUDENTS HAVE RESEARCHED, NOT JUST BUILDINGS ASSOCIATED WITH WITH WHITE SUPREMACY OR SLAVEHOLDING! As noted on the home page, the campus includes many stories, including those of individuals who have worked in favor of greater diversity, inclusion, equality, or empowerment for various constituencies: Black people, women, laborers, and others. The list below reflects that diversity of histories.

If you are looking for a list of buildings whose namesakes are specifically associated with slaveholding and white supremacy, check out this visualization.


Alderman Residence Hall (1937)
Aycock Residence Hall (1924)
Battle Hall (1912)
Bowman Gray Memorial Pool
Caldwell Hall (1912)
Carmichael Residence Hall (1986)
Carr Building (1900) & Julian Shakespeare Carr
Cheek-Clark Building (1925)
Dean E. Smith Center (1986)
Frank Porter Graham Student Union (1968)
George Moses Horton Residence Hall (2007) — short version / longer version
Graham Memorial (1931)
Greenlaw Hall (1970)
Grimes Residence Hall (1922)
Hamilton Hall (1972)
Hill Hall (1907)
Jackson Hall (1942)
Josephus Daniels Student Stores (1968)
Kenan Memorial Stadium (1927)
Lenoir Dining Hall (1939)
Louis Round Wilson and Wilson Library (1929)
Love House & Hutchins Forum (1887)
Manning Hall (1923)
McIver Residence Hall (1939)
Memorial Hall (1885)
Mitchell Hall (1964)
Morehead Planetarium (1949)
Murphey Hall (1924)
Paul Green Theatre (1978)
Peabody Hall (1913)
Person Hall (1798)
Playmakers Theater (1851)
Ruffin Residence Hall (1922)
Smith Building (1901)
Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History (2004)
Spencer Residence Hall (1924)
Swain Hall (1914)