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Georgia’s public university system would not rename any of its 75 buildings regarding slavery or racial segregation, explaining that “history can teach us important lessons.”

“The purpose of history is to instruct,” Board of Regents for Georgia’s Public University System wrote in a statement. “History can teach us important lessons, lessons that, if understood and applied, make Georgia and its people stronger.”


The board voted unanimously on Monday against such changes, nearly a year after a committee was set up to study the names and possible changes. The internal committee had advised that changes be made to 75 buildings on the campus, which are named after Confederate leaders and others.

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“Going forward, the Board is committed to naming actions that reflect the strength and energy of Georgia’s diversity,” the board said.

Georgia made the announcement in 2019 after passing a law prohibiting state agencies from renaming buildings that honor the “historic entity.” As Granthshala 5 reports, several regents on the board for Georgia’s public university system were appointed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who supported the 2019 legislation.

People pulled up the board after its decision on Monday in support of the change in names.

“The decision by Georgia’s Board of Regents to name the state’s public colleges and universities after known racists, separatists and white supremacists is not surprising. It demonstrates to us the board’s support of racism and upholding white supremacy,” one Group name change Grady said in a statement.

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Statues of Christopher Columbus, union leaders, Catholic saint Junipero Serra and others were toppled during the summer of 2020 amid riots and protests across the country following the death of George Floyd. Other similar statues were also removed or covered by local governments last year in 2021.

City workers cover the statue of Christopher Columbus at Marconi Plaza in the South Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Some schools soon set up panels to investigate whether the building’s names or statues were considered insensitive because of slavery, racial segregation or mistreatment of American Indians in American history. towson universityFor example, earlier this year the names of slave owners were removed from two dorm halls. In Chicago, the public school system resolved to change the name 30 buildings bearing Names of Slaves.

Crews work to remove one of the nation's largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy, a colossal statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, September 8, 2021.  (AP Photo/Steve Halber, Poole)

However, other schools have taken a similar path to Georgia’s public university system and opted to change the name. board of trustees Washington and Lee University Voted earlier this year to keep his name, which partly honors the commander of the Confederate States Army, Robert E. Lee.