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Wilson Caldwell Day

February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This event honors the legacy of Wilson Caldwell, who was born into slavery on Feb. 27, 1841 and owned (along with his mother) by David Lowry Swain, who served as University president from 1835 to 1868. Caldwell was the first African American elected to any office in Chapel Hill (BSM/NAACP).

This is the second annual Wilson Caldwell Day, which was conceived by students Kristen Marion and Elizabeth Brown, who were students in the “Civil War, Race and Memory at UNC” class taught by Jim Leloudis, professor of history. Leloudis, who is also associate dean for Honors Carolina, co-chair of the Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill History and director of the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, designed the course to illuminate the campus’ racial history.

This event begins at the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. and then moves to the School of Government at 3:30.

A panel decision on race relations in Chapel Hill (and how it compares and contrasts with race relations on UNC’s campus) will run from 3:45-4:45 p.m., followed by an array of community resource tables to promote more shared activity between the campus and the city communities.

For more information about Wilson Caldwell Day, please click here.


February 25, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm