CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – A building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that was named after William Saunders, an alum and member of the KKK, will officially be renamed Thursday.
The board of trustees voted to rename Saunders Hall to Carolina Hall in May after multiple rallies called for the name of the building to be changed.
The university will install the new letters on the building Thursday; however some say the name change is only a partial victory.
Many wanted the building to be named Hurston Hall, to honor the black writer Zora Neal Hurston. The board opted for the name Carolina Hall.
“We felt, at this point in time, it was important to have a unifying name,” said Lowry Caudill, UNC Board of Trustees chair.
Some felt the new name is too generic.
“There was a chance to remember multiple histories at UNC and they chose not to do that,” said Michael Knight, UNC student.
UNC to rename hall named for KKK leader