DURHAM, N. C. – Duke University professors of history want to delete the name of a benefactor who espoused white supremacist ideas of their department building.
University spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said Monday the history of the department to ask for the name of the Carr Building in which the department is located.
Schoenfeld, says the application, for the first time mentioned in The Chronicle student newspaper will go by means of a formal procedure for reconsideration of the names that gives trustees the last word.
The building is named after Julian Carr, a confederate veteran and tobacco tycoon who gave the land where a part of the Duke was built.
Carr is also known for his 1913 speech at the University of North Carolina’s inauguration of the Southern monument known as ” Silent Sam. During the speech he bragged about whipping a black woman. Protesters tore down Silent Sam last week.