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Remembering the History of East Carolina University


Explore East Carolina’s history from its founding to the present to learn more about the events that have shaped our institution.


Learn about the people who contributed to the development of East Carolina University, including our founders, leaders, faculty, students, staff, and benefactors.


View an interactive campus map that depicts the growth of campus and features information about buildings and spaces with historic and modern images.


Trace the growth of campus athletics from the first decade of intramural sports through the explosive growth of premier intercollegiate programs.


East Carolina's ethic of service was at the heart and soul of its founding over a century ago.

Evident in its original mission of training teachers for the sake of advancing literacy and public education, the service ethic has since expanded to the arts, athletics, business, health sciences, and technology. Although originally chartered to educate white men and women the school eventually transcended the racial barriers of the era in which it was born, aspiring to be a university for all. Heritage Hall remembers this progressive legacy of service in the hopes of advancing it as a beacon for our ongoing growth and development.