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University of North Carolina Senior Class 1927

I have spent more than 35 years studying the classes at the University of North Carolina. The 242 members of the Class of 1927 are my favorite. They were the most creative, sophisticated, cordial, and lighthearted in school history. They exhibited this is their writing, poetry, art, and extra-curricular activities. The great bandleader, Kay Kyser, was a member of this class, and personified their wit, enthusiasm, and charm.


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Karen Hamilton UNC GRAD      9:00 AM Wed 4/1/2009

I'm interested in the the kind of PJs worn in 1923 as compared to 2009. I'm guessing there were few if any females on the walk to Durham back then, since they probably made up less than 2% of the student boby then.

Recent UNC Grad      8:52 PM Tue 3/31/2009

Nancy - You must not have seen the trends in fashion in the last couple of years. Lots of girls wear pajamas during the day without any request at all. :)<br \><br \>I really liked the pictures of college students in the other article on frat boys and sorority girls -- http://www.chapelhillmemories.com/cat/3/31. The guys looked so cute in their suits. What would probably be much more difficult is to get guys today to go out in clothes like that. You&#39;d probably have to pay them.

Nancy Monheit      9:01 AM Tue 3/31/2009

I can&#39;t believe that most of the UNC students marched to Durham in their pajamas. I do not think you could get a thousand students today to walk as far as Eastgate from campus, and not in their night clothes.

L.C. Taylor      5:14 PM Mon 3/30/2009

I love the insightful remarks with each student&#39;s photos. I guess with a class of less than 250, almost everyone knew everybody else.

Lynne Harkness      12:56 PM Mon 3/30/2009

Wonderful piece. It is strange to think that all these people were so young, and just about to start their careers and families, and now they are probably all long dead.

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The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





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William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



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