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Shabazz TreeDr. Betty Shabazz served on the William & MaryEndowment BoardDr. Betty Shabazz from 1994 to her untimely death in 1997. Dr. Shabazz was an educator and civil rights advocate. The William & Mary Endowment Association memorialized the late Betty Shabazz by establishing an annual lecture and planting a tree in her honor. The tree is planted in the area between the Muscarelle Museum and Swem Library.

Martha Elizabeth Barksdale was a member of the first class to includewomen in 1918. Martha BarksdaleBarksdale worked to establish an intercollegiate sports program for women as a student and continued this work as a faculty member. She eventually taught or played nearly a dozen sports. In 1920, women’s basketball was introduced. By 1925, women’s hockey and tennis were implemented.

In 1975, the playing fields for the Department of Women's Physical Education were named the Martha Barksdale Athletic Fields to honor her dedication to the College. The fields are located between Phi Beta Kappa Hall and the Jamestown Residence Halls.

Arthur MatsuAccording to university archives, Arthur (Art) Matsu is believed to be thefirst Asian-American student to attend William & Mary, graduating in 1928. He was a stand-out kicker on the football team and very active in other extracurricu-lar activities. Matsu was also one of the first Asian-Americans to play in Nation-al Football League. For more information on Matsu, please visit W&M archives and special collections.

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