These two buildings, originally named Jamestown North and Jamestown South, respectively, are the first buildings on William & Mary's campus to be named after Black individuals. The rededication ceremony took place in the Fall of 2016.
Lemon Hall is named in honor of Lemon, a slave owned by the College of William & Mary. Lemon had a particularly interesting relationship with the institution that owned him. Though he was regarded as chattel, the College paid for his medicine and allowed him to grow and sell food to his 'masters'. When Lemon died, the College paid for his coffin. William & Mary's treatment of Lemon speaks to the problematic relationship between slave and master; Lemon was regarded as human enough to deserve a proper burial but not so much that he deserved freedom. Today, Lemon is also honored by the Lemon Project, an organization which seeks to explore and heal the relationship between the College and the Black communities in Williamsburg and beyond.
Dr. Carroll Hardy touched hundreds of lives during her tenure at the College of William & Mary. Initially serving as Assistant Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Dr. Hardy worked to show students of color that they had a future at William & Mary. She encouraged students to pursue high education and served as a resource to Black students as their matriculated to a predominantly white institution. Dr. Hardy went on to form The Stuart Educational Leadership Group, Inc. with her siblings in 1995. Dr. Carroll Hardy received honorary alumnus status from the College of William & Mary in 2012 before her passing later that year.