Devlin Hall

September 1933 – Casper Augustus Ferguson became Boston College’s first African-American graduate on a hot, overcast afternoon on Alumni Field in June 1937. […] Ferguson commuted to Chestnut Hill by streetcar in the morning, and after the afternoon’s last lab in Devlin Hall he headed to South Station where, into the night, he carried passengers’ bags to help pay his $250 annual tuition. During his sophomore year he joined the downtown Boston chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the country’s oldest African-American fraternity, and for the rest of his life he would drink his morning coffee from his engraved member’s stein and regularly attend Alpha reunions. (Zchary Jason, "The first," Boston College Magazine / Photo by Sub Turri)