On Friday, the UNC National Pan-Hellenic Council hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Legacy Plaza, a monument honoring UNC’s nine historically Black fraternities and sororities.
The NPHC Legacy Plaza is located in the Student Academic Services Building courtyard and spans approximately 750 square feet.
Each of the nine columns bordering the plaza represents one of the University's historically Black fraternities and sororities, and they are arranged in chronological order according to when the chapters were chartered.
The plaza recognizes the nine chapters for their significant contributions to the campus community in scholarship and public service.
Zack Hawkins, the director of development for UNC Student Affairs, provided welcoming remarks to the dozens of people gathered in celebration.
“Today’s purpose is to celebrate the completion of the structure and the project funded by alumni with generosity from the University,” he said.
After years of donations, alumni now have a place on campus where they can reflect on each organization’s accomplishments and legacies within the campus community.
“This day was only a dream for many in the early 1970s, and, for many, has been in the works for over a decade,” Hawkins said. “And so today, home is finally here.”
The word "home" was used to describe the experience between each of the chapters and their members during the ceremony.