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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


February 1, 1871
"This old University has busted and gone to hell today." This statement was found scribbled in chalk on a recitation room wall in South Building with the date: February 1, 1871. Reeling from the difficulties of Reconstruction and a virtual boycott by state citizens against the Republican-installed university administration, the University was forced to close in 1871. It would not open its doors for students again until 1875.
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