Only two buildings are named for
students based solely on their status
as students. One is Hinton James. The
other is Bynum Hall, originally Bynum
Gymnasium. William Preston Bynum Jr.
(class of 1894) was a football player who
died at the end of his sophomore year of
typhoid fever. His grandfather, Judge
William Preston Bynum, wrote to the
University that the dean of the faculty
had told him young William was “an
exceptionally brilliant student of fine
manly qualities and lovely character.”
Bynum funded the entire $25,000 cost of
the building in his grandson’s honor.
The FedEx Global Education Center opened in the spring and should get a sign in the fall.
It’s an incredible time to be a public
health scholar at UNC, too. And it’s an
even better-than-usual time to be a Morehead Scholar. The University joined America’s higher education fundraising elite last
winter when a Texas couple, whose primary connection to Carolina was having
spent summers around UNC alumni in the
North Carolina mountains, gave $100 million and added the name of the Gordon
and Mary Cain Foundation to that of John
Motley Morehead III (class of 1891). The
Morehead-Cain Foundation will be able to
accommodate more scholars and do more
Then, Dennis and Joan Gillings gave
$50 million to make the School of Public
Health only the second UNC “name” professional school (after the Kenan-Flagler
Business School). Dennis Gillings was successful in the pharmaceutical services
industry after having taught in the school
for 17 years.
The Gillings gift put the $2 billion Carolina First capital campaign over its goal.
Independent of that, it also was a milestone
in a 15-year period in which UNC
attached the names of individuals, graduating classes, groups of friends and companies
to more than 650 buildings, labs, plazas and
porticos, classrooms and closets.
else had to be built, and bought, and it
never was easy. The state stooped to a lottery to raise money for South Building,
which sat half finished for years.
The state built Old East, but the second
building came out of Thomas Person’s
purse — $2,836, a thousand of it in silver
dollars. Charles Gerrard’s estate came to the
rescue in the last years of the 18th century
after a political sea change in the N.C.
General Assembly took away the University’s other funding. Their names are
The big building campaigns of the first
half of the 20th century are commemorated mostly in the names of teachers, legislators, military leaders and other public
servants, and some industrialists. Private
money sufficient to earn naming rights figured in just 21 of the roughly 125 buildings constructed on campus through 1980.
Just fewer than half of those built since
then are graced with donors’ names.
Now, when the University embarks on
a $200 million science complex or an
$18.6 million renovation of Memorial
Hall, it is seeking amenities beyond what
the state would provide. The approximately
$500 million that came to Chapel Hill
from the 2000 bond referendum went a
long way, but still, private money is growing in importance. For UNC’s full participation in the athletics facilities “arms race,”
donors are indispensable because the state
contributes almost nothing.
The names of four African-Americans
are on UNC buildings. Blyden and
Roberta Jackson helped integrate the faculty, he as the first tenured black professor
(English), she as a professor of education.
Their names are on the Office of
Undergraduate Admissions, formerly Navy
Hall and later the Monogram Club. In
February, a four-year-old dorm previously
known as Hinton James North was named
for George Moses Horton, the Chatham
County slave poet who spent time on campus. Having worked tirelessly for the establishment of a freestanding black cultural
center before her death in 1991, Sonja
Haynes Stone did not live to see her name
grace the Center for Black Culture and
History, in honor of the associate professor
and director of the African and Afro-American studies curriculum from 1974 to
1979. John Turner was dean of the School
of Social Work during the time its new
building was being planned and funds
raised, and his name, along with those of
John Tate ’ 38 and Charles Kuralt ’ 55, is on
THE NEWS & OBSERVER
Roberta and Blyden Jackson
Sometimes it’s get what you can
The Davie Poplar and the water for the
well came with the property. Everything