Bowdoin Will End Award in Name of Jefferson Davis

October 26, 2015

Bowdoin College has announced that it is ending an award named for Jefferson Davis that since 1972 has been given annually to a student or students excelling in constitutional law. The award, a cash prize, was endowed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Davis, the Confederate president, received an honorary degree from the college in 1858, prior to the Civil War.

In a statement announcing the end of the prize, President Clayton Rose said, “It is inappropriate for Bowdoin College to bestow an annual award that continues to honor a man whose mission was to preserve and institutionalize slavery.” The college is returning the endowment fund to the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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