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JMU votes to remove Confederate leader names from campus halls

Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 1:36 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) —

UPDATE (3:35 p.m.): Immediately after the vote, signage for Jackson, Ashby and Maury halls were taken down and temporary names were assigned, according to a press release from the University.

“For many people, the memorialization of Confederate leaders on campus was a painful reminder of a history of oppression and racism in our country. JMU believes in creating an equitable learning and working environment where all feel welcomed and valued. These building names were incongruent with that vision,” JMU Board of Visitors Rector Lara Major said.

“I am grateful for the board’s support not only in the decision to remove Confederates’ names from these buildings, but in the deliberative process we took to get to this point,” JMU President Jonathan R. Alger said.

“While there is much work to be done to increase equity and inclusion at JMU beyond changing three building names, the university becomes better and stronger in striving to live out those values. This is a proud day for the university.”

Additional information can be found here on the renaming process going forward. President Alger’s video addressing the JMU community is available here.

James Madison University’s Board of Visitors unanimously voted to remove the Confederate leader names of Jackson, Ashby and Maury from their halls on campus.

The changes will be effective immediately.

Temporary names will be given to the halls this upcoming academic year.

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