Clark Atlanta University Unveils New Gate and Signage at Historic Harkness Hall Quadrangle Entrance


ATLANTA, GA (March 31, 2021) – President George T. French Jr., and Clark Atlanta University student leaders unveiled new gates and signage at the historic Harkness Hall Quadrangle entrance of the campus of Clark Atlanta University.
The Harkness Hall Quadrangle entrance, located at Student Movement Boulevard, is a historic area on the Clark Atlanta University campus. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral was held at the steps of Harkness Hall, and John Hope, the first African-American President of Atlanta University, is laid to rest at Harkness as well.
The gate's unveiling is a continuation of the Harkness Hall renovation project that began upon President George T. French Jr.’s arrival to serve as president at CAU more than a year and a half ago.
“I think this campus is the most beautiful among colleges and universities that I have witnessed anywhere in the nation. We love our home, and we respect our home, and its rich history and legacy. It is important that we protect our home and take care of it,” said President George T. French Jr., Ph.D.
The renovations include; enhancements to the Clock tower, renewing the golden luster to the clock tower’s dome, reconstituting the ringing of the interior Bells, which had been silenced since the early 90s and now fills the entire community with the richness and majesty of music, and draping the Doric Columns with banners. Additionally, the project called for fencing upgrades and the installation of pole banners on the Grande Promenade depicting college life at CAU.
About Clark Atlanta University
Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869).  Clark Atlanta University continues a 150-year legacy rooted in African-American tradition and focused on the future.  Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement.  CAU cultivates lifted lives that transforms the world.