University breaks ground on NPHC Legacy Plaza


VIA AUBURN UNIVERSITY | President Jay Gogue, past SGA President Dane Block, Auburn Trustee Quentin Riggins, past Auburn NPHC President Julius Hammond, current NPHC President Jackson Thomas and Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Bobby Woodard break ground on the National Pan-Hellenic Council Legacy Plaza on Nov. 12, 2021, at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.

A groundbreaking ceremony ushered in the upcoming construction of Auburn University’s new National Pan-Hellenic Council Legacy Plaza Friday afternoon. The plaza will honor National Pan-Hellenic Council member organizations and celebrate African American culture at Auburn.

The ceremony, held near the Edge at Central Dining on Auburn’s campus, included remarks from University officials and others involved with the project. For those who could not attend in person, the University offered a live broadcast. 

The creation of the plaza, approved by the Board of Trustees in July 2020, is headed by Auburn’s chapter of the NPHC — which represents the nation’s Black Greek organizations — and the Student Government Association, with the support of the Board of Trustees. NPHC, Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council chapters and Auburn alumni provided financial support for the project. 

The goal of the landmark is to commemorate Black student organizations on Auburn’s campus.

“It is our strong hope that the Legacy Plaza will continue to unite us in celebration of the significant contributions of minority students at Auburn University,” said Jackson Thomas, NPHC president and junior in supply management at Auburn.

The NPHC Legacy Plaza is one of the first physical representations of the contribution of Black student organizations on Auburn University’s campus. It will serve as a space to cultivate the spirit of inclusion and diversity at Auburn, officials said. 

The plaza will include one marker for each of the nine organizations that make up the NPHC. There will also be one central commemorative marker that explains the plaza’s representation and recognizes the project’s donors.