To Rename Confederate Memorial Hall…
The Daughters Of The Confederacy should have stood firm on leaving the name in place after they won their case, and by the way the building is worth way more than 1.2 million dollars!
PC running amuck. Destroying everything that does not meet with their concepts of what is right.
Just like the Taliban and ISIS. Should we be referring to the leftists as the American Taliban? So if we just erase the past, we get to make the same mistakes all over again.
— Conservative Warrior (@BraveConWarrior) August 17, 2016
In 2005, Vanderbilt conceded defeat in its legal battle to remove the word “Confederate” from one of its residency halls, which was built as Confederate Memorial Hall but which the university prefers to call just Memorial Hall.
The university had announced plans to remove the word in 2002, but the Tennessee chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which donated funds for the building in 1933, sued, arguing that the university committed to the name when it took the money. A Tennessee appeals court ruled in favor of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, saying that Vanderbilt could remove the word “Confederate” only if it repaid the group the value of the gift in contemporary dollars.
On Monday, the university announced it would do just that. The 1933 gift was for $50,000. Consistent with the appeals court ruling, the university will give the Tennessee chapter of the Confederate memorial group $1.2 million. The funds came from anonymous donors, with the specific purpose of removing “Confederate” from the building.
“The residence hall bearing the inscription Confederate Memorial Hall has been a symbol of exclusion, and a divisive contradiction of our hopes and dreams of being a truly great and inclusive university,” said a statement from Nicholas S. Zeppos, chancellor of the university. “It spoke to a past of racial segregation, slavery and the terrible conflict over the unrealized high ideals of our nation and our university, and looms over a present that continues to struggle to end the tragic effects of racial segregation and strife.” More