Built by Tufts University (then Tufts College) in 1929, the Memorial Steps commemorate members of the Tufts community who died in military service from the Civil War to Post 9/11 conflicts. The steps feature multiple prominent inscriptions carved into black granite, circled by insets of green granite cut to resemble wreaths of ivy. Each inscription recognizes those who gave their lives in a different conflict. The inscription for World War I, located on the fourth landing from the bottom reads: "Dedicated to those members of Tufts College who by taking part in the Great War answered a challenge to the ideals of their generation". Largely built with funds donated by alumni, the steps were refurbished in 2015.