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'Stone By Stone’: The Story Behind Who Built Duke University

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David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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Duke University Archives
Roof construction at Duke Chapel.

Last August, Duke University removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the entrance to the Duke University Chapel. The removal came amidst country-wide protests over Confederate symbols, and soon after the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since then, Duke has embarked on a project to interrogate its history and identify some of the unsung heroes of the school.

This summer, archivists and students contributed to the efforts with the project “Stone by Stone,” which aims to identify the names and stories of laborers and craftspeople who built the school’s chapel and part of west campus.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Duke archivist Valerie Gillispie and participating Duke undergraduate student Caroline Waring about the initiative.

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