Welcome to the Black & Blue Tour

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Dr. Time McMillan seated at the Unsung Founders Memorial Photo credit: University Gazette, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Tim McMillan seated at the Unsung Founders Memorial
Photo credit: University Gazette, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Developed in 2001 by Dr. Tim McMillan, the Black and Blue tour covers the history and involvement of African Americans on the campus the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as the extended Chapel Hill community, from enslavement to the present.  This tour is featured by the UNC’s Visitors’ Center annually as part of their series of “Priceless Gem” tours relating to UNC history.

Dr. McMillan has utilized materials from the Southern Historical Collection, University Archives, the North Carolina Collection and other library resources in researching the Black & Blue tour, which he has been giving since its inception to numerous diverse groups – from freshman orientation groups to the attendees of the Black Alumni Reunion.

This online project represents an important part of UNC and Chapel Hill history that is often unknown to the campus community and is often overlooked in official university histories. It is an excellent opportunity to extend the reach of Dr. McMillan’s research as well as the knowledge and accessibility of library resources to a wider audience. The online tour can be utilized by faculty and students for course instruction and research, as well as the outside community for a greater understanding of local and national African American history.

For more information about the history of African-Americans at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, please check out the following online exhibits:

The Carolina Story:  A Virtual Museum of University History
Slavery and the University: http://museum.unc.edu/exhibits/slavery/
African Americans and Segregation: http://museum.unc.edu/exhibits/segregation/
African Americans and Integration: http://museum.unc.edu/exhibits/integration/
Black Student Movement at Carolina: http://museum.unc.edu/exhibits/black_student_movement/