The University of Oregon will remove from a campus building the name of a White settler who supported slavery, reported the Associated Press.
This week, the university’s board decided to rename Deady Hall, the university’s first building, named after Matthew Deady. The building will temporarily be called University Hall. A formal renaming process will begin in the next academic year.
Deady was president of Oregon’s constitutional convention in 1857, a federal judge and a leader of the university. He helped craft Oregon’s constitution, which included a clause prohibiting Black people from residing in the state. That clause was not repealed until 1927.
Student activists have been campaigning for years to rename the building.
“The protests in Eugene [Oregon] and across the globe demonstrate the need for us to acknowledge the death, pain and racism that has been inflicted on our Black brothers and sisters, and to commit ourselves to education, listening, action, as well as transformation,” said university president Michael Schill.