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Tuesday August 3rd

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Old East, as pictured on June 6, 2021, is the oldest state university building in the nation.

A walkthrough of the history of UNC and Chapel Hill

As the oldest public university in the nation, UNC — and the town that was created because of it — has a rich history that spans over two centuries. From the founding to the civil rights movement to recent tragedies, here's a timeline of some major events that have happened at the University and in Chapel Hill in the past 232 years that students should know about.

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The Library sits on Franklin Street on Wednesday June 23, 2021.

The Library closes on Franklin Street to make room for national brand

The Library, a bar and club on Franklin Street, was denied a lease renewal and announced it will be closing after 18 years in order to make space for a national brand. "It is very difficult to own a business on Franklin Street," owner AJ Tama said. "It's very hard to maintain a high overhead and high rental rate. All these people who've had their businesses close, it's disappointing."

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