"While this garden will stand as a testament to the contributions of past and present African American students, faculty, staff and allies, it will also represent a place where people of all backgrounds can assemble and feel a place of belonging with each other and with W&M. It is also a reminder that to whom much is given much is expected. No longer will African American members of our W&M family be lost in the shadows."
Earl T. Granger, III '92, M.Ed. '98
To honor the first three African-American residential students at William & Mary, and those that came before them, the university has committed land adjacent to Jefferson Hall to create a Legacy Tribute Garden. The location was selected to mark the place on campus where Lynn Briley, Karen Ely and Janet Brown Strafer began their William & Mary journey when they arrived on campus in the fall of 1967.
The project will involve three phases:
- Phase I - $25,000 - to support the initial preparation for the area to include the planting of shrubbery, trees, and flowering plants
- Phase II - $25,000 - to support the addition of an iconic symbol to commemorate the 50th celebration
- Phase III - $100,00 - create a permanent endowment to support the maintenance of the garden in perpetuity