Across the generations
Some could argue the alumni walkway serves as Brown’s permanent multi-generational yearbook—and like any good yearbook, there’s room for superlatives. Check out three favorites:
The earliest class represented in the walkway is 1825. The brick commemorates Reverend Barnas Sears, Class of 1825, who served as Brown University's fifth president. According to Martha Mitchell’s Encyclopedia Brunoniana: “The students so loved Sears, that when he left Brown and Providence on September 19, 1867, they formed a procession in order of classes which marched down the hill by his house, and then at the wharf, filed by, each student shaking his president’s hand."
Most interesting brick?
Perhaps the most historic brick honors Inman Page (Class of 1877, A.M 1880), one of the first two African Americans to graduate from Brown. Elected senior orator by his classmates, Page dedicated his life to education, serving as president of four schools: the Lincoln Institute, Langston University, Western University, and Roger Williams University (Tennessee).
In celebration of their 50th Reunion, 14 classmates—all of whom had played football and/or been in the Lambda Chi fraternity—in the class of 1965 purchased bricks, which were then installed all together. The group includes former Rhode Island governor Donald Carcieri.
Add your name, or that of a loved one
- Orders are accepted throughout the year.
- We are restricted to one name per brick and a maximum of 18 characters per line. (Long names may appear on two lines). The final line contains the class year(s). Sorry, no nicknames allowed!
- Any student can be approved for a brick as long as they matriculated. Parents or grandparents of a student may also buy a brick.
- Bricks for Brown alums who are related to one another can be placed together upon request, so long as it doesn’t mean moving others.
- All bricks are mapped on a grid, kept in a binder at the Maddock Alumni Center. To see your brick in person after it’s installed, simply stop by Maddock and ask for help finding it. Or better yet, call +1 (401) 863-3307 or email [email protected] ahead of time and Alumni Relations staff will give you the location and a map.