Opening Event for Exhibit on the 1969 Allen Building Takeover on the Duke University Campus

Duke students involved in the 1969 Allen Building takeover on the Duke University Campus.

Duke students involved in the 1969 Allen Building takeover on the Duke University Campus

An opening reception for The Long Road to Integration: The 1969 Allen Building Takeover will be held on the Duke University campus in that same Allen Building, and will include remarks by Duke president Richard Brodhead. The exhibit was researched and curated by 2012 Duke graduate and Certificate in Documentary Studies recipient Caitlin M. Johnson, who began the work as her capstone certificate project at the Center for Documentary StudiesThe Long Road to Integration chronicles the buildup to and occupation of the university’s Central Records Office in the Allen Building by the student Afro-American Society in protest of the racial climate on campus in 1969.

Thursday, September 12, 3:30–5 p.m.; remarks by President Brodhead at 4 p.m.
Allen Building, first floor
Duke University West Campus
421 Chapel Dr., Durham, North Carolina
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Housed in the very space that the students walked through during the takeover, the show consists of thirty panels of photographs and text that line the first-floor hallway—re-printed historical photographs from the Duke University Archives and the Durham Morning Herald and The Durham Sun, prints of Duke Chronicle front-page headlines, and participant interviews—along with an audio and video component.

The Long Road to Integration: The 1969 Allen Building Takeover will be on view through October 22. The exhibit is part of “Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future: Commemorating 50 Years of Black Students at Duke,” a campus-wide retrospective; the first black undergraduates were admitted to the university in 1963.

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