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James Madison Honors Enslaved Black Servant in Naming of New Residence Hall
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James Madison University has unveiled the new name for a student dormitory in honor of Paul Jennings, an enslaved African-American servant to Founding Father James Madison and his wife, Dolley. Paul Jennings Paul Jennings Hall is set to open in the fall on the Harrisonburg campus. It houses 500 beds. Jennings, a witness to the evacuation of the White House during the War of 1812, wrote a memoir A Colored Man’s Reminiscences of James Madison decades later of his time in Washington, D.C. during the Madison presidency. The memoir challenged claims that Dolley saved a portrait of George Washington from...