Story+ project featured on WUNC's The State of Things

Monday, July 2, 2018
Archival photograph of the construction of the roof of the Duke Chapel
Roof construction at Duke Chapel. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library / Duke University Archives

North Carolina Public Radio®-WUNC featured Story+ 2018 project Stone by Stone: Who Built the Duke Chapel? on its long-running program The State of Things on July 2, 2018. University Archivist Valerie Gillispie and Duke student Caroline Waring (T '20) discussed how they combed through ledgers and other archival materials in order to reconstruct the history of the laborers who built the Duke Chapel. This included long working hours (80 hour work-weeks), pay inequities for black laborers (who received 60 cents to the dollar paid to white laborers), and hazardous working conditions (two laborers died during the Chapel's construction). The project website details these and more of their findings.

Stone by Stone is notable as one of several initiatives associated with the Franklin Humanities Institute that examine how Duke University continues to grapple with its history and the ways in which it chooses to memorialize it.

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