Mangum Residence Hall

Mangum Residence Hall opened in 1922, around the same time as nearby Grimes, Ruffin, and Manly dorms. It is named in honor of three members of the Mangum family. Willie Person Mangum, UNC class of 1815, was a prominent politician, representing the state in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and also serving for decades as a member of the UNC Board of Trustees. Adolphus Williamson Mangum, a Methodist minister, served as a chaplain in the Confederate army and later joined the UNC faculty. William Preston Mangum was an 1860 graduate of Carolina who died in the Civil War fighting for the Confederacy.

In the 1980s and 1990s dorm residents turned Mangum into a haunted house for Halloween. The tradition began in 1981 as a way to raise money for an ice machine for the dorm. One of the organizers told the Daily Tar Heel it would contain "madmen, a hell scene, a cemetery scene, and a lot of other scary scenes." In subsequent years the haunted house was held as a fund-raiser for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center.


Date Established: 1921

Date Range: 1921 – Present