Historically Black School Renames Hall Honoring KKK Leader

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A historically black university in Alabama has renamed a dormitory that honored a one-time governor who also led the Ku Klux Klan about a century ago.

Workers at Alabama State University removed the name “Bibb Graves” from a residence hall Wednesday.

The building had carried Graves’ name since 1928, when he served as the head of a state government that constitutionally mandated white supremacy.

Trustees voted to rename the building earlier this year during the national discussion generated by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

At least two other universities also have renamed buildings named for Graves since then.

At the University of Alabama, Nott Hall and Morgan Hall were renamed earlier this year. Bibb Graves Hall, which is part of UA’s College of Education, has not yet been renamed but is on the list of building names being debated by the UA System.

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10/15/2020 10:59:58 AM (GMT -5:00)

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