UNC-Chapel Hill building to drop name of prominent KKK head

UNC-Chapel Hill building to drop name of prominent KKK head (Image 1)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Trustees at the University of North Carolina are renaming a classroom building so that it no longer carries the name of a Ku Klux Klan leader.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said Thursday that Sanders Hall – named after William Sanders, a prominent member of the violent white supremacist group after the Civil War in the 19th century – will be renamed Carolina Hall.

The decision reverses one made in 1920 to honor Sanders. The building now housing the geography department will be renamed Carolina Hall.

Trustees also adopted a 16-year moratorium against renaming other places on the campus that was chartered in 1789, making it the country’s oldest public university.

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