Remove KKK Member Robert C Byrd From Public Places (including Schools/Roads)

Remove KKK Member Robert C Byrd From Public Places (including Schools/Roads)

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Valerie Kiley started this petition to Governor Jim Justice and

Remove former senator Robert C Byrd from all public landmarks, schools, streets and places named for the former KKK member. 

Despite renouncing his ties to the KKK the senator's "name had caused 'divisiveness and pain,'" as spoken by Bethany College President Tamara Rodenberg. He has been quoted as using racial slurs, multiple times over, despite severing ties with the KKK. 

Bethany College and a host of other local places in West Virginia and across the country have started removing the names of people with racist associations from their buildings and public spaces. I urge you to consider the removal of his name, and leave his legacy to the history books, allowing for a more equal and unified West Virginia. 

The following are some places that bare his name: 

Academia, science, and technology:

  • Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center, Marshall  University in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center, Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Auditorium, National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Laboratory, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Pharmacy Education, University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Clinical Teaching Center, Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, Green Bank, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, Princeton, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Charleston Division, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) Bridgeport Manufacturing Technology Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • RCBI Charleston Manufacturing Technology Center, South Charleston, West Virginia
  • RCBI Huntington Manufacturing Technology Center, Huntington, West Virginia
  • RCBI Rocket Center Manufacturing Technology Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Institute for Composites Technology and Training Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Library, Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Library and Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource
  • Center, University of Charleston in Beckley
  • Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Metals Fabrication Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia (affiliated with Fairmont State University)
  • Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Regional Training Institute, Camp Dawson near Kingwood, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Technology Center, Alderson–Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center


Commerce:

  • Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex, Rocket Center, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Moorefield, West Virginia


Community:


  • Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Sugar Grove, West Virginia


Government:

  • Robert C. Byrd Rooms, Office of the West Virginia Senate Minority Leader, West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Beckley, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Federal Correctional Institution, Hazelton, West Virginia


Healthcare:

  • Robert C. Byrd Clinic, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Clinical Addition to Veteran's Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia


Recreation and tourism:

  • Robert C. Byrd Addition to the Lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Conference Center (also known as the Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism), Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 

Recreation and tourism:

  • The Robert C. Byrd Bridge crossing the Ohio River between Huntington, West Virginia and Chesapeake, Ohio.
  • Robert C. Byrd Appalachian Highway System, Appalachian Development Highway System in West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Bridge, crosses the Ohio River between Huntington, West Virginia and Chesapeake, Ohio
  • Robert C. Byrd Bridge, Ohio County, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Drive, West Virginia Routes 16 and 97 between Beckley and Sophia, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Expressway, United States Route 22 near Weirton, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Freeway, United States Route 119 between Williamson and Charleston, West Virginia (also known as Corridor G)
  • Robert C. Byrd Highway, United States Route 48 between Weston, West Virginia and the Virginia state line near Wardensville, West Virginia (also known as Corridor H)
  • Robert C. Byrd Interchange on Interstate 77
  • Robert C. Byrd Interchange on United States Route 19, Birch River, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center, Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, Ohio River in Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia
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