From March 25 to April 25, the UNC Board of Trustees opened their website to comments about Saunders Hall, which some people believe should be renamed due to William Saunders' ties to the Ku Klux Klan. On May 28, the Board of Trustees will vote on a group of proposals regarding the renaming and contextualization of campus monuments including Saunders Hall.
“Our board wants to encourage discussion of our history generally and building names more specifically,” Alston Gardner, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees, said in a statement March 25. “Our students have raised important concerns. We have been listening carefully over the past several months, and now we want to make sure that anyone in our campus community with thoughts and ideas has the opportunity to share them as we continue our deliberation process.”
Out of 724 responses, Daily Tar Heel senior writer Langston Taylor and University editor Stephanie Lamm found 79 responses tied to a valid University faculty or staff email address and compiled them into the searchable database below. Of the 79 responses, 65 support renaming Saunders Hall.
Use this tool to find out what faculty and staff members said about the proposal to rename Saunders Hall.
Correction: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this article misstated the day the Board of Trustees will vote on issues related to Saunders Hall. It will be May 28. The article has been updated to reflect this change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.