Marietta College is officially dedicating Harrison Hall, with a ceremony and open house this Saturday.
The College’s Tom Perry says the public can tour the large dormitory, recently erected on the corner of Seventh and Putnam streets.
He adds that the hall is named after three brothers. “It started off with Charles Sumner Harrison – our first black graduate – he’s a traditional figure on campus; we have an organization named after him that promotes social diversity,” explains Perry. “Research revealed Charles Sumner had two brothers who also graduated from Marietta College. So we decided to recognize all Harrison brothers who graduated from here in the 1800s.”
Charles Sumner Harrison graduated in 1876 and went on to earn a doctorate of medicine from Howard University. His brother John graduated in 1887, and Walter in 1891.
The Harrison Hall dedication ceremony starts at 11 a.m. this Saturday. The open house and tours run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.