Beginning in 1995, Yonni Chapman began to compile the histories of numerous spaces around the campus to explore “the celebration of slavery, the Confederacy, and white supremacy that is embodied in the names of university buildings and its most prominent public monument, ‘Silent Sam.'” One of these spaces, Swain Hall, is named for David Lowry Swain, Governor of North Carolina and President of the University. Swain, “owned thirty two slaves,” and “led the North Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1835 that disenfranchised free black citizens.”
Organization: Freedom Legacy Project
Space Use: Academic
Spatial Organizing Approach: Contestation
Date Created: 1914
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.