Vanderbilt Renames Confederate Hall
Fri Sep 20, 8:18 AM ET
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt University is dropping the
word "Confederate" from the name of a residence hall, angering a
group that helped finance it.
Vanderbilt, a private liberal arts university, decided earlier this
month to rename Confederate Memorial Hall as Memorial Hall,
university officials said.
The old name has stirred debate on campus since Vanderbilt renovated
the hall in 1988. Some students refused to set foot inside.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy, which contributed a third of
the funds to build the facility 67 years ago, said Vanderbilt caved
in to political correctness.
"We're very upset," said Carolyn Kent, who was president of the
Tennessee division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy from
1998 to 2000. "We feel like we've been treated in a very rude manner.
Michael Schoenfeld, Vanderbilt's vice chancellor for public affairs,
said the new name would honor "all of the women and men who have lost
their lives in the service of our country."
He said the United Daughters of the Confederacy was informed of the
decision earlier this week. The university is still trying to
determine how to best remove "Confederate" from the stone inscription
in front of the building, The Tennessean reported Friday.
The decision is "one of a number of changes we've made to create a
more positive, inclusive environment," Schoenfeld said.
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