Africana Studies
Department Chair:
Pam Brooks

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8923
Fax: (440) 775-6485

Rice Hall 29
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Facility & Resources

Facility & Resources

Rice Hall

Located at: Rice Hall
10 North Professor St., Oberlin, OH 44074-1097

Completed in 1910 and named in memory of Conservatory Director Fenelon B. Rice, this four-story stone structure was designed by architect Arthur B. Jennings in the Romanesque style. Offices for the departments of African-American studies, creative writing, economics, English, history, Jewish studies, Latin American studies, politics, religion, and women's studies are located in Rice.

Underground Railroad Sculpture

This environmental sculpture commemorates Oberlin as a major stop on the Underground Railroad, the secret route by which abolitionists helped slaves escape to freedom in the Civil War era. Cameron Armstrong (then a senior at Oberlin College) constructed the piece in 1977 as part of a class art project; the class of 1977 donated funds that enabled the College to preserve it as a permanent structure, located near Talcott Hall.