University of Alabama Removes the Name of Former Governor From Building Due to Racist Legacy
On February 11, 2022 the trustees of the University of Alabama went back on their decision to name a building after both the first black person to attend the university and a former governor with a checkered past.
Instead, the trustees voted to only commemorate the student Autherine Lucy Foster. In a special meeting held on February 11, 13 trustees unanimously voted to change the name of Lucy-Gravels Hall. Autherine Lucy Foster was the first black individual to attend the school in 1956. As of now, the building will be called Autherine Lucy Hall.
This vote on February 11 changed a decision that the university made on February 3. Originally, the building named for David Bibb Graves, a former Alabama Governor and member of the Ku Klux Klan, would also feature the name of Foster. This decision was met with significant criticism from the student body, who accused the university of lumping both of their legacies together.
After the outrage, the university clarified that this new move was designed to honor Foster, who “opened the door for students of all races” at the university. “The complex legacy of Governor Graves distracted from that important priority,” the university’s statement declared.
Changing the name of the building was done “in honor of Dr. Autherine Lucy Foster’s leadership and to recognize her life as a dedicated educator,” the university stated. The decision to add Foster’s name to the building was timed 66 years after she began her classes at the university’s campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The amendment to the building’s name was part of an initiative that the university carried out to address its pro-segregation policies in the past. In the last few years, institutions nationwide have been erasing the history of buildings commemorated to controversial figures in American history.
Graves is a former Democratic governor of Alabama, who served two terms (1927-31) and (1935-39). Graves endorsed a KKK member who ran for the mayor of Montgomery, Alabama. He later revealed that he had been a member of the KKK. He later said to The New York Times that he broke ties with the KKK upon assuming the governor position.
Graves’ name has been taken off other universities in Alabama such as Alabama State University, Jacksonville State University, and Troy University, per a report by The Montgomery Advertiser.
Overall, there’s a war on American history. To be sure, many American historical figures held controversial views, but they were creatures of their time. Their greatness and contributions still cannot be denied.
However, the mentality the Civil Rights Revolution has engendered is one of radical iconoclasm towards the Historic American Nation. As a result, the Left will make sure to erase all forms of history from government buildings and other facilities to impose their cultural will.
At the end of the day, when monuments get knocked down or buildings get renamed, this is a sign of conquest. The post-American Left is making it a point to erect their pantheon of multicultural gods and make sure pre-Civil Rights Revolution figures in America are memory-holed.
The first step to achieve this goal is through mass monument removals and the renaming of buildings.
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