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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

9/11 Memorial Garden

The undergraduate class of 2005 had just begun its first year at UNC when the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, occurred. Upon graduation, their class gift was a memorial garden commemorating the Carolina alumni who were victims of that tragic day. The garden, designed by David Swanson of Chapel Hill's Swanson & Associates PA, consists of a square cove flanked by twin stone walls, alluding to the Twin Towers, surrounded by a landscape of trees, bushes and flowers. A wooden bench bears a dedication from the class of 2005, and a bronze plaque on the fore edge of the western wall bears the names of the lost alumni and a dedication from Chancellor James Moeser.