Disorienting & Reorienting (PART 2 of 3) Davidson College

Disorienting & Reorienting: Recovering and Analyzing Legacies of Colonialism, Slavery, and White Supremacy at Davidson College - Part 2

Disorienting & Reorienting (PART 2 of 3) Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina 28036, United States

Created By: Sarah Mellin

Tour Information

The original version of this tour (the “Davidson Disorientation”) was created by Tian Yi (‘18) and myself (Sarah HD Mellin) in the Spring of 2018, as a collaborative project between Davidson Teach-Ins and the College Archives and Special Collections. The physical tour was offered in April of 2018 as an alternative campus tour highlighting the history of White supremacy on campus by linking locations at the college to specific racist trends and events. This digital tour, "Disorienting & Reorienting Davidson College,” is an extended and updated version of that tour, covering a greater number of buildings over a longer period of time, and is broken into 3 sections covering three different areas of campus. It is recommended that you take the tours in order, as they occasionally reference information already covered, but they may be taken in any order.

This is PART 2 of the tour, which covers Sloan, the Chambers Building and Lawn, and Watson and Dana.

All pathways on this tour are wheelchair and mobility-aid accessible.

If you would like to activate the text to speech option (the app will read the information out loud) or voice navigation, click on Settings in the top left hand corner of the app and select "Text to Speech" and/or "Voice Navigation." You can also use the Settings menu to select whether the tour will display on a Satellite or Standard map.

The tour can be taken in person by moving from site to site physically or in virtual mode, meaning you can follow the route remotely from any location.

For more information and context regarding this tour, as well as full citations for all the information included, please visit <http://disorientingdavidson.com/>.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Sloan On April 12th and 13th of 1961, the college screened “Birth of a Nation” as a social event preceding final examinations (Yi and Mellin 2018). The film, released in 1915 by D.W. Griffith, was part of an anti-Reconstruction movement... Read more
Chambers Begun in the 1850s and completed in 1860, the original Chambers building was designed to be the “literal and figurative center of campus life” (Davidson College 1996, 12). The money for the building was given to the college as ... Read more
Chambers Lawn Chambers lawn has been the scene of at least three high profile racist incidents in the college’s history. In 1892, two Black baseball teams received permission from the college to play a game on the campus diamond, which wa... Read more
Watson and Dana Davidson College has a long history of mistreatment of Black employees, which is discussed in depth at <http://disorientingdavidson.com/>. According to the second international African student at the college, Georges N... Read more


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