Let me start by confessing that this started out to be the most boring post ever to appear in Creighton’s Attic, but then I came across something that I consider exciting. (At the very least, it decreases the boring-ness quotient of this entry.)
I was checking a digitization project when I saw this image
of Whitney Young, Jr., speaking in front of a Creighton banner. According to the back of the photo, this was taken in 1964 when Young was Creighton’s commencement speaker. At the time, Young was the Executive Director of the National Urban League.
Before this civil rights leader was prominent nationally, he spent time in Nebraska in the early 1950s as head of the Urban League’s Omaha chapter. I searched our online Creightonians and found this article) that Young had been hired to teach a sociology class at Creighton starting in 1951. According to Dennis Mihelich’s The History of Creighton University, 1878-2003, Young was our institution’s first African-American faculty member, albeit an adjunct. If you, or someone you know, was in one of his classes, please email me or leave a message in the comment section. I would love to know more.
Okay, now for some of what I was going to post originally . . . . Last August, Creighton’s Attic reported on two campus construction projects, St. John’s Church and 24th Street,* with a promise to post some photos when these were completed. As promised:
St. John’s ChurchThe new addition on the west side of St. John’s Church opened a few weeks ago.
You’ll have to visit the church to see what it looks like inside, but I can tell you that the elevator located just inside the door greatly improves accessibility.
24th Street retaining wall
The retaining wall that runs along 24th Street was fixed in 2014, and it looks much better than the cracked, gray concrete that was there before. I took this pic this morning. The work was done sometime in 2014, although I am not sure when. (Truth be told, I can only get so excited about looking at retaining walls.)
Next month, Creighton’s Attic will be back to University Archives business with a few exciting (for us, anyway) announcements.
* We highlighted renovation and construction for St. John’s Church in an August 2014 post, then included an update in October. Our post about refurbishing the 24th Street retaining wall also first appeared in August 2014.