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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


January 4, 1939
Dr. Henry Van Peters Wilson died. Born in Baltimore on February 16, 1863, he attended Baltimore City College and Johns Hopkins University before coming to the University of North Carolina in 1891 as head of the one-man Department of Biology. He was named as a Kenan Professor in 1918.
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February 15, 1939
An interracial group of more than 100, including University students and faculty, students from area schools, and local residents, met in Graham Memorial to discuss higher education for African Americans in North Carolina. The assembly passed and forwarded to the state legislature a resolution in favor of admitting African American students to graduate programs at UNC.
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December 4, 1939
The University dedicated a new medical school building, now known as MacNider Hall.
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