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Exhibit Highlights Centennial

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

The third exhibit honoring East Carolina University’s Centennial, “Not Just for Teachers Anymore: East Carolina College” is on display at the J.Y. Joyner Library’s Special Collections.

The exhibit offers a glance at the transition of East Carolina from a teachers college to a college offering multi- disciplinary four-year degrees. Cases will display photographs, drawings, blueprints, and other items to illuminate this period of growth and expansion.

ECU archivist Suellyn Lathrop said the exhibit reveals a period of rapid growth of the college, between 1951 and 1967. “The enrollment quadrupled during this time, from 2,000 to 8,000; construction on College Hill began, a new Joyner Library opened and today’s athletic complex began to take shape,” Lathrop said. “The college grew up and came into its own through integration and the process to attain university status.”

The centennial series, “A Century of Education and Impact: The History of East Carolina University,” is composed of four exhibits, each one highlighting specific periods of ECU’s development. The last exhibit in the series, opening later in September, will look at how East Carolina transformed from college to university status, finalizing the metamorphosis into East Carolina University. Each exhibit is open to the public for six months. The entire four-part series will span the two-year centennial celebration. The exhibit was curated by ECU graduate student Adrienne Rea.

The exhibit will be open to the public Feb. 23 through Sept. 15.

For more information about this exhibit, or Special Collections, call 252-328-6671, or visit:

This page originally appeared in the Feb. 23, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at