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The African American Trail Project at Tufts University A Walking Tour

Lewis Hall

75 Packard Avenue, Somerville, MA

During the 1969-1970 Academic Year, Professor of History Daniel Mulholland and Tufts students participated in protests outside the Lewis Hall construction site in opposition to the Construction company's racially inequitable hiring practices.

According to the Tufts Observer, about 200 students from Tufts and other universities gathered at the site on Nov. 5 that year, causing work to stop. After sit-ins at Ballou and East halls, the demonstrators and the university administration reached an agreement that led to two black bricklayers joining the project. Eventually Tufts filed a lawsuit against the construction company for its non-compliance with federal law in equal opportunity hiring.