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The Chancellor’s Task Force on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill History is responsible for developing a comprehensive approach to curating and teaching the history of the University.

In May 2015, the Board of Trustees voted to develop new curation and education initiatives, rename Saunders Hall to Carolina Hall, and place a 16-year freeze on renaming historic buildings to provide adequate time for the new efforts to take root.

Chancellor Carol L. Folt appointed the Task Force to ensure that everyone – students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors – has the opportunity to learn about Carolina’s history and contributions to society.

The work of the Task Force is ongoing, and includes projects at Carolina Hall and McCorkle Place. These efforts are intended to tell the rich and diverse history of UNC-Chapel Hill. We will provide regular updates on our progress on this website and through presentations to various groups at the University.

To learn who serves on the Task Force, visit About the Task Force. To learn more about projects the Task Force has underway, visit the Projects page to see an overview and timelines for projects at Carolina Hall and McCorkle Place.

The Task Force provides regular updates on its progress to many organizations. Below is a summary of news and updates:

News

  • Carolina Hall Advisory Committee meets to review proposed exhibit content

    The Carolina Hall Advisory Committee met on Monday, Oct. 10, to review the content and photographs for the proposed exhibit, which is expected to open later this year.

  • Leloudis participates in panel at Historical Society of North Carolina

    Jim Leloudis participated in a panel discussion at the Fall meeting of the Historical Society of North Carolina, held on Oct. 14 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Other panelists included: Gerald Prokopowicz, professor of history, East Carolina … Continued

  • Task Force member participates in roundtable discussion

    On Oct. 7, Task Force member Cecelia Moore participated in a roundtable discussion on “Standing Up for the Future: Historicizing Education, Youth Activism, and the Black Freedom Struggle,” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African … Continued

  • Task Force members attend USS Consortium meeting

    On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Task Force members Jim Leloudis and Cecelia Moore, and University Archivist Nicholas Graham, attended the Fall meeting of the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Consortium, led by the University of Virginia. The College of William … Continued

  • University Affairs Committee, Board of Trustees, July 20, 2016

    The Task Force’s focus this summer has been the exhibit for Carolina Hall, which tells the story of the building, how it was named and then re-named. This work has been an important and worthwhile effort. Thanks to the leadership of … Continued

  • How McCorkle Place was Named

    As part of the work by the History Task Force, Rob Shapard has been researching McCorkle Place. During his hours reviewing microfilm at UNC’s Wilson Library, he uncovered important information from the Board of Trustees records about how McCorkle Place … Continued

  • Carolina joins Consortium of Universities Studying Slavery

    In 2015, the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University at the University of Virginia organized a consortium of institutions engaged in similar projects to facilitate cross-institutional learning. Carolina joined the group this spring, along with the University of South … Continued

  • University Affairs Committee, Board of Trustees, May 18, 2016

    On May 18, co-chair Winston Crisp provided an update on Task Force activities to the University Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. He reported that since mid-March, the Task Force has hired a design firm for the Carolina Hall … Continued

  • History Task Force Update

    The following is an update on Task Force activities since April 15, 2016. Carolina Hall Exhibit: Jim Leloudis, Cecelia Moore, Ken Zogry and Tom Loter (Facilities) had an initial meeting with Design Dimension on Thursday. They reviewed the physical space, … Continued

  • Board of Trustees’ University Affairs Committee, March 23, 2016

    The Chancellor’s Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill’s History co-chairs reported to the University Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees on its activities since January. Co-chairs Winston Crisp and Jim Leloudis said the advisory committee discussions on Carolina Hall have … Continued