Saunders Hall

Students Seeking Historical Truth Speak Out

Document Description: The first student organization that formed around issues relating to the University’s history with racial injustice was Student Seeking Historical Truth (SSHT). Following a “decoration” of Saunders Hall which was meant as a form of performance art, demonstrating that buildings named to honor white supremacists ought to be visible to everyone as a crime scene, SSHT held a speak-out in the Pit, where they invited students to reflect on the history of the University and the ways in which it was memorialized on the campus landscape.

Students Seeking Historical Truth

Date: 10/7/1999

Document Type: Video

Creator: John K. Chapman

Document Collection: John Kenyon Chapman Papers, 1969-2009

Campus Space: Saunders Hall

Citation: Saunders Hall Anti-Klan decoration, presentation, and speak-out, October 1999 in the John Kenyon Chapman Papers #5441, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.