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Free Expression Tunnel fire

NCSU Free Expression Tunnel (Raleigh, N.C.)
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Title:
Free Expression Tunnel fire
Topics:
Campus and Town
Subjects:
Students
Universities and colleges
Item identifier:
funk_tunnelFire5
Photographer:
Created Date:
Description:
Early on the morning of April 7, 2006, a NC State student used concrete cleaner and a cigarette lighter to start a fire in the Free Expression Tunnel. The fire caused little damage to the tunnel itself, but delayed trains that normally run on the tracks over the tunnel. The fire burned for less than an hour. The student was arrested the following day. The Free Expression Tunnel first opened in 1939 as a pedestrian tunnel under the railroad tracks connecting North Campus to Central Campus. In the 1960s, the University promoted it as a place for students to graffiti without interference in an effort to cut down on illegal graffiti around campus. The tunnel was renovated in 2005, after several problems with flooding. It continues to serve as a place for NC State students to express themselves freely today.
Genre:
Architectural photographs
Photographs
Names:

Location:
Raleigh (N.C)
Digital Project:
Funkhouser Photographs

Building:

Street:
Yarbrough Dr
Community:
Raleigh
State:
NC
Zip:
27607
Location:
Raleigh (N.C)
Subjects:
Tunnels
Universities and colleges
State universities and colleges -- North Carolina
Graffiti
Railroad tracks
Latitude, Longitude:
35.785599, -78.6717
External Resources:
Free Expression Tunnel Opening

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