An engaging hour-long discussion with Dr. Harry Watson, a distinguished Professor of History and Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in Halifax at Halifax Studios, located across from Hen and Hog Restaurant. The topic is “William Richardson Davie and the University of the People: Ironies and Paradoxes”. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 5:00 for a brief social time before the lecture. Capacity at the lecture is 90 so sign up early!!!
William Richardson Davie lived in Halifax from 1785-1805 and made exceptional and significant contributions as a soldier, statesman, and founder of the first state university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Not only did Davie introduce the bill in the state legislature that chartered the university, but also he secured the first endowment, served on the board of trustees, laid the cornerstone in the initial building, supervised early construction, hired teachers, drafted curriculum, and selected the site. His home, which still stands within the historic district, is undergoing an interior renovation by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources thanks to a gift from a late resident.