Alabama’s Morgan Hall Temporarily Renamed English Hall

English Hall, University Of Alabama

In a unanimous vote Thursday, the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees changed the name of Morgan Hall on UA’s Tuscaloosa campus.

The building, named for John Tyler Morgan, houses the university’s English department. Morgan served as a general in the Confederate army and was a grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.

Until a permanent, new name can be established, the building will be called the English Building.

WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton spoke with students who attend classes in the newly dubbed English Building to get their reaction on the change.

“I think that we should not monumentalize racism,” UA junior Simeon Saud said. “I think we should not put that on a podium by any means just think it absolutely wrong. We should be giving popularity and names to those who mattered and did good things for the country.”

It’s part of history, Saud said, but there are better ways to honor people who were notable for disreputable reasons.

UA junior Sarah Osucha said she’s excited for the change.

“I agree with that and am glad the university is stepping up and doing something,” Osucha said.

The University of Alabama’s Nott Hall was renamed Honors Hall in August.

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