Cheek-Clark Building

On September 17, 1998, dozens of members of the University community, representing housekeepers, administrators, professors, and trustees, gathered to rededicate the building that had for seventy-five years been known as the University Laundry, now the Kennon Cheek/Rebecca Clark Building. The Cheek-Clark Building, now the central office for the University’s Housekeeping Division, exists as a physical representation on the campus landscape of the ways in which Black housekeepers and their student supporters reclaimed the University, utilizing the legacies of their predecessors to honor the history of Black freedom striving in Chapel Hill.

Fryar, Charlotte. “Cheek-Clark Building.” Personal Photograph. 24 May 2018.

Organization: UNC Housekeepers Association

Space Use: Facilities

Spatial Organizing Approach: Reclamation

Date Created: 1998

Campus Space: Cheek-Clark Building

Citation: Proposed Settlement Agreement, Tinnen et al. v. UNC-Chapel Hill in the John Kenyon Chapman Papers #5441, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.