The Wren Building as a Black Space

During the fall of 2016, I took a Hinduism course that met in the basement of the Wren building. Two months into the semester I was informed by a friend of mine that those classrooms were once used as slave kitchens. This news shocked me, as I hadn’t previously thought about the history of the space that I was learning in. That semester, I created a short podcast in which I discussed the Wren building’s history as a black space with Dr. Susan Kern and Kimberly Renner, the women who run the Old Campus here at William and Mary. As part of my project this summer I am planning to record a longer, more in depth version of this podcast. Listen to the podcast below for a sneak peek at my larger project!