Enslaved people constructed Old West in 1823. Though the building had many purposes throughout the last two centuries, it currently serves as a student dormitory. Old West serves as a reminder that the University’s most prominent buildings were built only through the labor of enslaved people.
Organization: UNC Housekeepers Association
Space Use: Dormitory and Housing
Spatial Organizing Approach: Reclamation
Date Created: 1823
Campus Space: Cheek-Clark Building
Citation: Interview with Chris Baumann by Charlotte Fryar, 22 December 2017, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.