Activist creates her own plaque to commemorate African-American pioneer

By Elle Kehres

One UNC art student took matters into her own hands in response to the 2015 controversy over changing the name of Saunders Hall. The University renamed the building Carolina Hall after students protested that the building was originally named after a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Campus activists had proposed that the building be re-named after Zora Neale Hurston, an African-American novelist and anthropologist who informally attended UNC before its desegregation, but their proposal was rejected.

Jeanine Tatlock was that art student who created a new plaque to recognize Hurston. She then placed it above the Carolina Hall plaque, already on the building. Elle met with her on Thursday and asked her why she created the plaque.

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