Disorienting & Reorienting (PART 3 of 3) Davidson College

Disorienting & Reorienting: Recovering and Analyzing Legacies of Colonialism, Slavery, and White Supremacy at Davidson College - Part 3

Disorienting & Reorienting (PART 3 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 3 of the tour, which covers the President's House, Campus Greenway, Cunningham, the Woodrow Wilson sign, and Phi and Eu Halls.

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

President’s House Construction on the President’s house began in 1836 and was completed by 1837 (Davidson 1969, 7). The bricks used were made by enslaved people in the area, and the house itself was likely built by enslaved people (DC A... Read more
Campus Greenway  The section of property that runs along either side of Griffith Street between Beaty Street (to the Southwest) and Watson Street (to the East) is sometimes referred to as the “College Greenway” (pictured here). Before ... Read more
Cunningham Blackface first arose in Europe as a practice of caricaturing Black people, and became popularized in the United States during the 1830s and 1840s (Clark 2019). It was commonly included in theatrical and musical productions that ... Read more
Woodrow Wilson Sign Woodrow Wilson, United States president from 1913 to 1921, studied at Davidson College during the 1873-1874 academic year. His name is listed on the sign (shown here) that identifies Davidson College as a North Carolina ... Read more
Phi and Eu The whole area that was used by the original college beginning in 1835 (including old dormitory row, Phi and Eu halls, Chambers, and the site of current Cunningham) was cleared and maintained by enslaved people (DC Archives 2015)... Read more


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