College to unveil plaques honoring first women, African-American residential students April 19

Where the plaques on the Sir Christopher Wren Building’s piazza has been marked. The plaques will be unveiled April 19. COURTESY PHOTO / WM.EDU

The Sir Christopher Wren Building piazza is adorned with plaques commemorating notable College of William and Mary firsts, from the first law school to the first honor code. At a public ceremony April 19, the College will unveil two new plaques honoring the university’s first female and African-American residential students.

One of these tablets will include the names of the College’s first three African-American residential students: Lynn Briley ’71, Karen Ely ’71 and Janet Brown Strafer ’71, M.Ed. ’77. These three women have been honored throughout the 2017-18 academic year and will be honored once more during May’s Commencement…

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