South Road

By the early 1970s, a housing pattern developed on the campus in which a majority of Black students lived on the South Campus and a majority of white students lived on the North Campus. South Road, which divides the two sections of the campus, was described by many students through the following decades as the “the Mason-Dixon line of UNC,” and an unofficial marker of campus segregation.

Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower, View looking East down South Road, in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Image Collection Collection #P0004, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Space Use: Road

Date Created: 1852

Campus Space: South Campus

Citation: Mara Lee, “Racial division on campus sparks segregation debate,” The Daily Tar Heel, 30 January 1991, 5.