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Shaw University Re-opens Historical Landmark

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A re-opening ceremony was held Friday at Leonard Hall. Built in 1881, the building was home to the first four-year medical school in the nation.(WRAL-TV5 News)
RALEIGH — Shaw Universityis celebrating its 135th year with the return of one of its historic landmarks.

A re-opening ceremony was held Friday at Leonard Hall. Built in 1881, the building was home to the first four-year medical school in the nation.

After being closed for years, the school renovated the building with the help of federal grant money and corporate donations. Campus leaders say the project has been a labor of love.

"For Shaw University and the black community, it stands out as one of the bastions of education for our people. We are very proud of it," says University President Dr. Talbert O. Shaw.

Leonard Hall will now be used for classrooms and other academic purposes.

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