College Urged to Strip Clarence Thomas's Name From Building

October 15, 2018

More than 2,100 people have signed a petition calling for the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to rename its Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation after Anita Hill, the law professor who accused the Supreme Court justice of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearing in 1991, USA Today reported.

“It’s utterly disgraceful to me that I attended a school where a building was named after a sexual predator. And not just any sexual predator, one who wrongfully won against a woman’s word,” Sage Lucero, a graduate of SCAD who started the petition, wrote. In the petition, Lucero wrote that she was made aware of the building during the hearing at which Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh testified, calling Ford and Hill's experiences in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee "extremely similar."

Thomas grew up in the area, and SCAD renamed the building after him in 2010 after it was renovated. The building has previously housed an orphanage and a convent.

SCAD officials told WSAV that they are "aware of the petition and have reached out to the sponsor."

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