Alabama listened: Lucy-Graves Hall is now Autherine Lucy Hall

Graves Hall
Lucy-Graves Hall

In just over a week, the University of Alabama’s College of Education building has undergone not one, but two name changes. After a massive outcry, former Gov. Bibb Graves is having his name removed from the now-former Lucy-Graves Hall, which was renamed from Graves Hall Feb. 3.

The announcement Feb. 3 didn’t seem like much of an honor to many people in the UA community and far beyond, as it attached and hyphenated the name of the first UA Black student Autherine Lucy Foster to that of Graves, who garnered the support of the Ku Klux Klan in his first successful gubernatorial bid in 1926.

In an announcement this morning, the UA System Board of Trustees renamed the building Autherine Lucy Hall.

WVUA 23 News will have more on this story later today.

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