University of Alabama system renames two buildings, one after first black faculty member



TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The University of Alabama’s system board voted on Friday to rename two buildings after members of the student government asked them to remove “racist namesakes” from campus last year.

According to our press partners at AL.com, the board of directors voted unanimously to rename the Ferguson Student Center and Moore Hall.

The buildings will now be known as the UA Student Center and Archie Wade Hall, respectively.

Wade, who still lives in Tuscaloosa, was the first black faculty member at the University of Alabama and served in the kinesiology department for 30 years. He was also a founding member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association and helped lead the integration of Denny Stadium at the time.

According to The Crimson White, the university’s student newspaper, Ferguson Hall was named after former administrator William Hill Ferguson who opposed desegregation.

Administrator John England Jr. told the Crimson White that Ferguson’s views were at odds with “the shared values ​​of our system.”

The other building to be renamed, Moore Hall, was named in honor of Albert Burton Moore, professor of history and first dean of the Graduate School who also served as executive director of the State Civil War Centennial Commission. .

Several buildings on campus, including The English Building, which was previously called Morgan Hall. The building was named after Confederate General John Tyler Morgan, who became a United States Senator linked to the Ku Klux Klan.


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