Toni Morrison Now Has A Campus Building Named After Her At Princeton University
Princeton University has honored author Toni Morrison by naming one of their campus buildings after her, according to their website. After delivering a keynote speech at the Princeton and Slavery Project Symposium, the 181-year-old West College building on campus was dedicated to the Nobel Prize winner and renamed Morrison Hall.
The dedication was held during this symposium because “perhaps more than any living writer, [Morrison] has challenged us to imagine the experience of slavery itself and grapple with its lingering impact on American lives,” said Martha Sandweiss, professor of history, and the founder and director of the Princeton and Slavery Project.
She didn’t give a lengthy speech giving thanks, instead she focused on sharing her family’s connection to slavery and the importance in connecting the arts to historic research.
“Thank you for the praise. I am not humbled,” Morrison said jokingly. “I came here because they’re going to rename a building with my name. That sounds good, doesn’t it?”
Morrison became a professor at Princeton in 1989. The Ohio native taught courses in African American studies, creative writing and humanities before she becoming Princeton’s Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus in 2006. She had a major impact on the university during her tenure, including founding the Princeton Atelier program. In 1994, the Beloved author established the semester-long program to give students from different programs a chance to collaborate for creative projects.