Fall 2019 Issue

Pointing the Way

Mary-Cooke Branch Munford Plaza

By University Communications Staff

On April 25, President Rowe and members of the Board of Visitors dedicated the plaza and sundial in front of Earl Gregg Swem Library in honor of Mary-Cooke Branch Munford, the first woman member of the board. Munford was an advocate for edu- cation reform and women’s rights, and she was instrumental in bringing coeducation to William & Mary in 1918. The Board of Visitors also issued a resolution that lists Munford’s remarkable achievements and renames the plaza in her honor. “This area connects — physically via brick walkways — the fine arts, the sciences, literature, history, social sciences and more,” says the resolution. “These were opportunities that Mary-Cooke Branch Munford longed for as a young woman and fought for in her advocacy for coeducation.”