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Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black History and Culture

Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black History and Culture, opened 2004

Sonja Haynes Stone joined the faculty in 1974 as director of the Curriculum in Afro-American Studies and strongly supported its expansion. A beloved teacher who inspired generations of black students, Stone pressed unceasingly for a free-standing black cultural center until her sudden death in 1991. Dedicated in 2004, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center houses classrooms, a library, an art gallery and museum, an auditorium, and a dance studio. More than ninety-five percent of the Center's cost was met through private gifts, contributed by more than fifteen-hundred donors.