East Carolina Will Drop Name of Racist From Dormitory

February 23, 2015

The board of East Carolina University voted Friday to remove the name of Charles Aycock, a former North Carolina governor who was for years a leader of the segregationist white supremacist movement in the state, from a dormitory (at right). Student and faculty groups have been pushing for the move. The university said that it would create a new Heritage Hall, in which contributions to the university by a number of individuals -- including Aycock -- could be acknowledged with context.

East Carolina's action follows a decision by the board of Clemson University not to rename a campus building that currently honors a white supremacist.

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