Disorienting & Reorienting (PART 1 of 3) Davidson College

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

Disorienting & Reorienting (PART 1 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 1 of the tour, which covers the Alvarez Student Union, Football Field, Duke, RLO, and Sparrow's Nest.

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

Alvarez College Union and Football Field  The Alvarez College Union was originally built in 1948 to serve as the college’s Johnston gym. On football Saturdays during the 1950s and 1960s, the Confederate flag was flown alongside the oth... Read more
Dean Rusk Office Today Duke Hall includes a dormitory and the Dean Rusk International Studies Office, which is located in a portion of the building named by Carole and Marcus Weinstein (as pictured here). Dean Rusk was an alum of the colleg... Read more
Lula Bell’s and RLO From 1925 to 2015, the building that now hosts Lula Bell’s Resource Center and the Residence Life office was the college laundry (Washburn 2014). Black women did laundry and other washing for the college throughout t... Read more
Sparrow’s Nest  Patrick J. Sparrow, a prominent fundraiser for and professor at the college, owned the land currently located behind Belk dormitory and used it to establish the Sparrow house where he lived with his four daughters (Willia... Read more


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