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New Signage Completes Transition to James Dickson Carr Library

September 5, 2017
Carr Library sign

New signage has been installed at the Carr Library, which was renamed in honor of Rutgers' first African American graduate.

With the installation of new signage, the James Dickson Carr Library joins the Sojourner Truth Apartments and Will’s Way as one of three recently renamed landmarks at Rutgers–New Brunswick acknowledging the roles that African Americans have played throughout the history of the university. The signage marks the final phase of a transition begun this summer that included changes to our online records and systems to reflect the new name of the building formerly known as Kilmer Library.

Rutgers’ Board of Governors voted earlier this year to rename the library in honor of Rutgers’ first African American graduate. James Dickson Carr completed his degree in 1892, was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and went on to attend Columbia Law School.

The Sojourner Truth Apartments, formerly the College Avenue Apartments, were named in honor of the African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery and at one point was owned along with her parents by relatives of Rutgers’ first president.

The walkway to Old Queens was also renamed to honor an enslaved man named Will (last name unknown), who laid the foundation of Rutgers’ iconic administration building.

Details about a formal dedication ceremony to be held later this semester are forthcoming. In the meantime, read more about the renamed landmarks on Rutgers Today.