Lafayette rededicated itself to the cause of promoting civil rights on campus during a ceremony Oct. 20, which marked the 80-year history of the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. The building has been updated to include exhibits in the lobby illustrating the progress of civil rights over the past eight decades at Lafayette and across the nation.
Designed by Whitney Warren, the architect of Grand Central Terminal, Kirby Hall of Civil Rights was the first building in America dedicated exclusively to the study of government and law. Fred Morgan Kirby, cofounder of the F.W. Woolworth Co., donated $590,000 to construct the building in 1929 as the headquarters of Lafayette’s department of government and law. The images below are of the building’s impressive exterior and library and the new exhibits in the lobby.