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  • Monument Name

    Coker Arboretum Gathering Circle, UNC, Chapel Hill

  • Type

    Public Space

  • Subjects

    Tragedy

  • Creator

    Dave Swan, Foundry

    David Swanson, Land Architect, Unspecified

    Teresa Crossland, Designer

    Tom Hunter, Land Architect, Unspecified

    Andrea Presler, Curator, Unspecified

    Dan Stern, Gardener, Unspecified

  • City

    Chapel Hill

  • County

    Orange

  • Description

    The Gathering Circle is a circular area in the arboretum with benches on which people can sit. The ground is covered with stones and there is a plaque bearing the inscription of those who were lost in the Phi Gamma Delta fire on May 12th and other classmates who passed away prior to graduation of the Class of 1997.

  • Inscription

    THE COKER ARBOR AND ENTRY / A GIFT FROM / THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL / SENIOR CLASS OF 1997 / In memory of the students who died in the / Phi Gamma Delta fire on May 12, 1996 / JOANNA KRISTINE HOWELL / ANNE MCBRIDE SMITH / MARK BRIGGS STRICKLAND / ROBERT JOSHUA WEAVER / BENJAMIN WATSON WOODRUFF / and in memory of our classmates who died before graduation: / JOSHUA MORGAN MEADOR / PATRICK WILLIS PEAVY, JR. / KEVIN ERIC REICHARDT / Dedicated April 25, 1998

  • Custodian

    UNC Chapel Hill

  • Dedication Date

    April 4, 1998

  • Decade

    1990s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.913110 , -79.048510 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Coker Arboretum Wisteria Arbor and Gathering Circle," The Carolina Story: A Virtual Museum of University History, (accessed April 3, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Wood, Stone, Bronze, Foliage

  • Sponsors

    UNC Class of 1997

  • Subject Notes

    In 1998, as a gift from the class of 1997, the wisteria arbor was renovated, and a stone gathering circle was added to commemorate the five undergraduates who died in the Phi Gamma Delta fire of May 12, 1996, and three other classmates who died before graduation.

  • Location

    The Gathering Circle is part of the arboretum between Raleigh Street and Cameron Avenue.

  • Landscape

    The Coker Arboretum Wisteria Arbor and Gathering Circle is located off of Cameron Avenue.

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