Geography professor Altha Cravey said she was shocked to see police outside her office in Carolina Hall this morning. She was even more shocked to discover the reason—a “Hurston Hall” poster she had attached to her window.
One police officer spotted the sign on Cravey’s exterior window and was soon joined by two other officers inside the building, said Jim Gregory, directory of media relations.
“I tried to explain to them my rationale and at first it was a pretty calm conversation,” Cravey said. “Eventually they went away because I told them I wasn’t going to take it down.”
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- Saunders Hall was named after William Saunders, a UNC alumnus who was also a Grand Dragon for the state's Klu Klux Klan.
- UNC students have been pushing for years to rename the building. This past year, many students pushed for the building to be named after Zora Neale Hurston, who took classes at UNC before the school was officially integrated.
- The UNC Board of Trustees voted to rename Saunders Hall on May 28. "Carolina Hall" was announced as the new name.
- The trustees also put a 16-year freeze on renaming any other buildings.
A similar incident occurred at the end of spring semester, Cravey said, in which police were called to remove a “Hurston Hall” banner that the Real Silent Sam Coalition draped over the building.
After accomplishing that, Cravey said, police entered the building.