For the first time, UNC renames two buildings in honor of notable people of color

By Ava Pukatch

A new sign hangs at the newly renamed Henry Owl Building. Owl was the first American Indian and the first person of color to enroll at the University in 1928.  (Ava Pukatch / Carolina Connection)

For the first time in UNC’s history, the university has removed the names of two white supremacists from campus buildings and replaced them with the names of people of color. Friday, the former Aycock Residence Hall was renamed for Hortense McClinton, UNC’s first Black professor. The Carr Building will now be named for Henry Owl, an Indigenous student who was UNC’s first student of color.

Ava Pukatch reports.

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