An Iconic Identity: Stories and Voices of Duke University Chapel

Student Activism

Student Demonstration; Duke University Archives

Demonstration Images
Photograph Collection, Duke University Archives


 As one of the most iconic buildings on campus, Duke Chapel often functions as the backdrop for students, faculty, and staff who seek to raise their voices in solidarity or protest. After Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968, students, faculty, and staff held a vigil outside of the Chapel for days. Later that year, when police broke up campus protests, students sought shelter in the Chapel. Students even met with President Terry Stanford in the Chapel in 1970 to discuss their concerns. 

Student Activism

On display in the Jerry and Bruce Chappell Family Gallery

March 11 – June 19, 2016

Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Durham, North Carolina