UNC names dorm after poet, a former slave

From the Herald Sun (with a reference to Russell Banks):

CHAPEL HILL — UNC officials dedicated a dormitory on Monday to George Moses Horton, a Chatham County slave and poet who contributed greatly to the intellectual life of the university.

George Moses Horton Residence Hall is the first Carolina building named after a slave.

The dorm, at Manning and Bowles drives, was formerly named Hinton James North and opened in 2002.

“It is well past time for this university to honor our native son, and to help ensure that, at least within the Carolina family, he is a known and honored hero,” UNC Board of Trustees chairman Nelson Schwab said at the ceremony at the dorm.

Horton’s poetry is still taught today, and his collection “The Hope of Liberty,” was the first book published by a black person in the South.

UNC Chancellor James Moeser named Horton alongside Thomas Wolfe, Russell Banks and Jill McCorkle as one of the most distinguished authors with ties to the university and state.

The complete story is here.


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