Associated Building(s): Spencer Residence Hall;
Other Relationships: Chapel Hill Resident, Daughter of James Phillips
Birthplace: Harlem, New York
Relationship(s) to University: Benefactor
Era(s): Antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction
Involvement(s): Slavery, White Supremacy, Women's Rights
Latitude/Longitude: 40.811571, -73.946415
Cornelia Phillips Spencer, born in Harlem, spent most of her life in Chapel Hill. Best known as the woman who rang the bell after UNC reopened after Reconstruction, Spencer’s legacy has raised questions as scholars and activists alike have reexamined her white supremacist views.