In addition to signs, police removed a Hurston Hall banner posted by The Real Silent Sam Coalition.
On Aug. 7, police attempted to remove a Hurston Hall sign from geography professor Altha Cravey’s window in Carolina Hall, citing University policy. Cravey . On the same day, the police removed another Hurston Hall sign from the religious studies graduate student lounge in the same building.
During the 2014-15 school year, students and faculty pushed for the renaming of Carolina Hall, formerly known as Saunders Hall, which was named after William Saunders, UNC alum and Grand Dragon of the state Ku Klux Klan. Support rallied behind naming the building after author Zora Neale Hurston, an African-American woman who took classes at UNC before the school was integrated. In May, the Board of Trustees renamed the building Carolina Hall.
Katie Merriman, a graduate student in the religious studies department, purchased the materials to make both of the Hurston Hall signs in the student lounge.