Rename Buildings with a Racist History on the University of Alabama Campus

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University of Alabama Building Renaming Survey

Hi all, First, thank you so much for the support on this petition! This change is a long time coming, and so many people have worked tirelessly for years to help make this change happen. I have been working closely with the university in helping make this change happen. Recently, The University of Alabama released a survey asking for staff, students, and alumni to suggest new names for buildings on our campus. I wanted to attach that survey along with some name suggestions and reasonings in this update. All of these name suggestions were put together by UCW-AL based on the work of Dr. Hilary Green. B.B. Comer Hall's renaming suggestion is Vivian Malone Jones Hall. Jones was the first black student to graduate from UA in 1965. Bibb Graves Hall's renaming suggestion is Autherine Lucy Foster Hall. Foster was the first black student to enroll at UA in 1956 and was instrumental in its desegregation.  Manly Hall's renaming suggestion is "A tribute to those enslaved on UA's campus." The enslaved people who labored under Manly's administration deserve recognition. Morgan Hall's renaming suggestion is Zora Neale Hurston Hall. Born in Notasulga, AL, Hurston was a chronicler of southern African American oral traditions.  Moore Hall's renaming suggestion is Jeremiah Barnes Hall. Barnes was enslaved at UA and later became the superintendent of Colored Schools in Tuscaloosa. Nott Hall's renaming suggestion is Wager Swayne Hall. Swayne was a Freedmen's Bureau agent who advanced black education throughout Alabama. Other name suggestions include: Dr. Archie Wade for Moore Hall. Dr. Wade was UA's first black professor and taught in the department of kinesiology.  Harper Lee for Morgan Hall. Lee attended UA and wrote for the school newspaper. I hope you all consider taking this survey and sharing your thoughts on potential new names for these buildings on our campus! The survey is open until August 3rd. 

Mackenzi Dugan
1 year ago