"While this garden will stand as a testament to the contributions of past and present African American students, faculty, staff and allies, it will also represent a place where people of all backgrounds can assemble and feel a place of belonging with each other and with W&M. It is also a reminder that to whom much is given much is expected. No longer will African American members of our W&M family be lost in the shadows." -
Earl T. Granger, III '92, M.Ed. '98
To honor the first three African-American residential students at William & Mary, and those that came before them, the university has committed land adjacent to Jefferson Hall to create a Legacy Tribute Garden. The location was selected to mark the place on campus where Lynn Briley ’71, D.Sc. ’18, Karen Ely ’71, D.Sc. ’18 and Janet Brown Strafer ’71, M.Ed. ’77, D.Sc. ’18 began their William & Mary journey when they arrived on campus in the fall of 1967.
The project will involve three phases:
- Phase I - $25,000 - to support the initial preparation for the area to include the planting of shrubbery, trees, and flowering plants
- Phase II - $25,000 - to support the addition of an iconic symbol to commemorate the 50th celebration
- Phase III - $100,00 - create a permanent endowment to support the maintenance of the garden in perpetuity
- Mark L. Begly, Associate Vice President for Development and Chief Development Officer