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News - April 6, 2021

UNA removes Bibb Graves’ title from campus signage

FLORENCE, Ala. — A constructing on the College of North Alabama campus bears the title of former Governor David Bibb Graves. Due to his involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, some locally need the title modified.

In Spring of 2020, demonstrations had been held nationwide calling for change and racial justice within the aftermath of George Floyd’s demise.

Throughout that point, individuals in Florence had been calling for the renaming of Bibb Graves Corridor. In June, UNA pupil Peyton Barrow organized a protest. He additionally created a Change.org petition which now has greater than 4-thousand signatures calling for the constructing to be renamed.

In 2021 the constructing’s title stays, nevertheless, the sign up entrance of the constructing was up to date and as a substitute reads “601 Cramer Approach,” which is the constructing’s deal with.

Provost Ross Alexander defined that UNA in addition to universities throughout the state have been inspecting the names of buildings and landmarks with sophisticated histories regarding race points.

“As a full-service, public, regional, complete college, we’re a broad tent, and we characterize the viewpoints and the views of a big selection of school, employees, and college students in addition to group members, and we really feel an obligation to characterize all of them effectively,” Alexander mentioned.

Whereas the official title of the constructing continues to be Bibb Graves Corridor, Alexander mentioned the college continues to be working in the direction of the renaming course of, in accordance with the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act.

Different Alabama universities which have eliminated Bibb Graves’ title from buildings embody Alabama A&M, Montevallo, and Troy.

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