After a two year long movement to remove William Saunders’s name from Saunders Hall, the University’s Board of Trustees voted to renamed the building Carolina Hall. The reason cited by several Trustees as the motivating factor that had permitted them to vote to rename the building was the 1920 meeting minutes of the University’s Board of Trustees that listed Saunders’s participation in the Ku Klux Klan. Changing the building’s name to Carolina Hall, the Board of Trustees explained “would highlight the building’s dedication to all the people of the State, including those who have been oppressed.”
Organization: Real Silent Sam Coalition
Space Use: Academic
Spatial Organizing Approach: Contestation
Date Created: 2015
Campus Space: Saunders Hall
Citation: Interview with Taylor Webber-Fields by Charlotte Fryar, 29 November 2017, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.