Ohio University Names New Dormitory After Its First Black Journalism Graduate

The newest residence hall at Ohio University in Athens has been named to honor the first African American to graduate with a degree in journalism from the educational institution. The new Adams Hall is the first new dormitory built on the campus in 30 years. It houses 350 students.

Alvin C. Adams graduated from Ohio University in 1959. He worked for the Chicago Defender and Jet magazine. Adams also founded the Multicultural Genealogical Center in Chesterville, Ohio, an organization documenting the history of blacks and other minorities in the Ohio River Valley.

Adams died in 2004.