Florida State president accepts 2 of 3 recommendations for the withdrawal of honor for slave owners

Florida State University plans to remove a statue of Francis Eppes, grandson of President Thomas Jefferson, who owned slaves and supported the Southern cause during the civil war.


Florida State University, took two actions on Tuesday regarding removal of names and images linked to the AMERICAN era of slavery.

University President John Thrasher announced that the school plans for the removal of a statue of Francis Eppes of the Westcott Plaza and will seek the approval of the Florida Legislature to remove the name of former Florida Supreme Court Justice B. K. Roberts of a building in the College, of the Law, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

The changes announced today were forwarded to FSU President John Thrasher, the Chairman of the Advisory committee on the University Namings and Recognitions, which was appointed last autumn.

— Tallahassee Democrat (@TDOnline) July 17, 2018

The actions were recommended by a 15-member advisory panel Thrasher appointed in September last year, shortly after the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., that resulted in a woman’s death.

The violence in Charlottesville spurred many communities in the united states to review the suitability of the used images and other tributes to figures linked to the Confederation.

According to the report, Eppes was a grandson of President Thomas Jefferson, who was the owner of slaves, and was sympathetic to the Southern cause during the civil war. Considered a founder of the Florida State, Eppes was honored with a statue in 2002, the newspaper.

Roberts was a segregationist who blocked Virgil Hawkins, an African-American, be admitted to the University of Florida law school, the report said.

A third recommendation by Thrasher’s advisory panel was not accepted. It called for the abolition of Eppes’ name of Eppes Hall, which houses the university’s College of Criminology and Criminal justice, the Democrat reported.

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