UNCG Auditorium was named “Aycock Auditorium” until being renamed in 2016. This week, an exhibition opens inside UNCG Auditorium that explores the topic of commemoration and the legacy of Charles Brantley Aycock, North Carolina’s governor from 1901 to 1905.
The permanent exhibition is “Etched in Stone? Governor Charles Aycock and the Power of Commemoration.” It is located on the second floor foyer of UNCG Auditorium.
The UNCG History Department’s Museum Studies graduate program created the work.
The exhibition sheds light on Governor Aycock’s advancement of public education in North Carolina — and his support of white supremacy and his role in the disenfranchisement of black voters in the early 1900s.
“Etched in Stone?” is presented in five sections — three that focus on Aycock’s actions and their effects and two that center on the process of historical commemoration and public memory. Each section portrays Aycock in his own words whenever possible, incorporating primary sources to do so.
In the summer of 2016, the Board of Trustees charged UNCG’s History/Museum Studies program with creating a plan to interpret the history and legacy of Governor Aycock in the auditorium that formerly bore his name.
The program’s Museum Studies graduate students, class of 2018, have worked on this topic since Fall 2016, when they began studying the power of commemoration on campus.
Last year, they presented their work-to-date to Provost Dana Dunn; College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Peter Alexander; and the UNCG Board of Trustees. Now, as their project is concluded, their work is shared with the campus community and the wider public.
Want to see this free exhibition? The permanent exhibition in UNCG Auditorium will be open for public visitation on these dates:
- April 25, 2-8 p.m.
- May 8, 2-8 p.m.
- May 10, 2-8 p.m.
- May 15, 2-8 p.m.
Going forward, the exhibition will be open during public events in the auditorium.