Vanderbilt pays $1.2M to remove ‘Confederate’ from dorm name

by Associated Press |  |  published on August 16, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt University announced Monday that it will pay more than a million dollars to remove an inscription containing the word “Confederate” from one of its campus dorms.

The private university has referred to the Confederate Memorial Hall simply as “Memorial Hall” since 2002, but was blocked in court from changing the name chiseled on the building because it was constructed with the help of a $50,000 gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1933.

Under the agreement, Vanderbilt will pay $1.2 million, the equivalent of the gift made 83 years ago, to the organization’s Tennessee chapter. In exchange, the chapter will relinquish its naming rights to the building.

“You can memorialize individuals without taking sides in the bloodiest war that was fought over the divisive issues of slavery and equality that we’re still struggling with today for those young people coming onto campus,” Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos said in a phone interview.

The money has been pledged by anonymous donors, and Zeppos said the school chooses to focus on “moving Vanderbilt forward” rather than on what projects the Daughters of the Confederacy will spend the funds on, especially in light of a new Tennessee law that makes it more difficult to remove Confederate symbols and statues from public places.

  • MoonBeamWatcher

    This INSANITY is directly out of the ISIS hand book of destroying
    ancient history and religious symbols . . . One cannot unring a bell!

  • Elrod Huggins

    Zepos? mmmmm! Sounds like a real history buff with family ties to the Yankee invasion and genocide. His family must have fought with the Greek gaurd division.

  • Byron Claghorn

    With this trite and meaningless attempt to rewrite history, Vanderbilt University should also ban the Democratic Party (DNC) from the University campus since it was the Democratic Party that opposed freeing the slaves, formed the Confederacy and founded the Klu Klux Klan to intimidate and kill blacks and Republicans!
    Such attempts to rewrite history are just another liberal attempt to hide their own dark and racist past as the DNC continues their efforts to undermine our Constitution and promote a scandalously corrupt candidate (Whitewater, …, Bengasi where they were Expendable and intentional creation of a webserver directing all levels of classified information be copied by her staff and sent to her unsecured Clinton servers as well as destruction of evidence of he sale of influence to foreign governments) and the present Administration and the “Lack of Federal Justice” system it controls!

  • judge45colt

    let the people that are bitchin about the name raise the money, hire the contractor, etc, school should not have to pay

  • Donnie Buchanan

    Surely the Chancellor knows better. The War of Northern Aggression was NOT fought over slavery!! It was fought over the same issue that is a problem today, state rights. Slavery became an issue when the Union needed more troops to fight during the last 1 1/2 to 2 years of the war. The Emancipation Proclamation only freed the slaves of the Union. It had no effect on the Confederacy because it was at the time another country. After the war, anti-slavery was made a part of the Bill of Rights and only then was slavery outlawed. Most do not realize that there were white slaves also but they were called indentured servants and most of them died during their slavery.

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