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UNC NPHC Legacy Plaza

“As an undergraduate, we dreamed of this type of an installation on campus honoring NPHC member organizations like those found on many other campuses,” said alumnus Barry Brinkley ’01, member of the Mu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. “When the opportunity presented itself, I did not hesitate to be a part of it.”

Construction is scheduled to start this month on the UNC NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) Legacy Plaza. The Legacy Plaza pays homage to the nine UNC NPHC member organizations and their members on the heels of NPHC’s 48th anniversary on campus. Since 1973, NPHC organizations have made a tremendous impact on the Carolina campus with their commitment to civic engagement, leadership, academic achievement and community.

“We are very excited to have this plaza not only come to fruition, but as with many things at UNC, be a flagship for other colleges and universities and their NPHC recognition pieces,” said Zack Hawkins, director of Student Affairs development. 

The NPHC Legacy Plaza will be approximately 750 square feet with standing room for 125 people. Other features include:

  • Columns: Each organization will be represented by a 10-foot-tall monument that will feature the organization crest, national and university charter date and motto.
  • Layout: Columns will be placed in order of founding at UNC.
  • Bricks/pavers: Bricks will be placed around the outer circle of the structure. Pavers will be placed on the inside circle in groupings of 12 8” by 8” pavers. There is room for 544 pavers and 540 bricks.

More than 200 bricks and pavers with special inscriptions have been purchased by alumni to cement their legacy in the plaza. To be included in the first round of brick and paver installation, gifts have to be ordered and paid in full by April 30, 2021.

“This project was hugely donor supported, and we are so thankful for the support,” said Hawkins. “This is a living project, as new members are initiated annually and have the opportunity to be included in the garden.”  

More info and to see the renderings.

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