Northrop, Heritage & Public History Program, Institute for Advanced Study, and University Honors Program Present

Takeover: Morrill Hall, 1969

May 2020
About the Event

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On January 14-15, 1969, approximately 70 Black students from the University of Minnesota took over Morrill Hall, the administration building housing the Office of the President. The event lasted 24 hours—changing the history of the University and resulting in the founding of an African American Studies department. Fifty years later, an exhibit titled Takeover: Morrill Hall, 1969 on display in Northrop's fourth-floor gallery tells the story of the events. Archival documents, photographs, and recordings—some publicly exhibited for the first time—depict the power of student protest. The exhibit is free and open to the public and on display during regular Northrop hours.

This event is part of the 1968/69-2018/19: Historic Upheavals, Enduring Aftershocks Series




Northrop Gallery 1969 Exhibition slideshow

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