Nearly two years after lifting the ban on naming campus buildings, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has officially renamed two buildings that previously honored supporters of white supremacy.
At a May 13 ceremony, a residential hall was named in honor of Hortens McClinton, the first black faculty member on campus, and was commissioned in 1966. The Student Affairs building was named in honor of Henry Owl, the first person of color and the first person. Indigenous people to enroll in Chapel Hill graduate school in 1928.
McClinton, 103, taught at the School of Social Work on campus.
“I am just happy to be here. I hope we continue to do good things in racism and we learn a lot, “he said at the renaming ceremony, according to WRAL-TV.
The Chapel Hill Campus Board of Trustees voted in June 2020 to lift the moratorium on naming buildings, monuments, monuments and landscapes. The vote came in the wake of anti-apartheid protests by students, faculty and staff members and alumni. The decision opens the door to naming buildings with honors for people with an offensive history. As a result, the name of Julian Carr, who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War and was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, was removed from the Student Affairs Building. The name of former Governor Charles Brantley Aikok, who was elected in 1901 after running a white supremacist campaign, was also removed from a residential hall.
The buildings remained unnamed until the board of trustees voted last November to change their names. The new honorees were announced in December.