Duke changes name of dorm that honored Aycock

The Associated Press

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DURHAM — A Duke University residence hall named after the "education governor" who also led white supremacist campaigns at the turn of the 20th century is returning to its original moniker.

Duke President Richard Brodhead told student leaders earlier this week that Aycock Hall will once again be known as East Residence Hall. The Board of Trustees executive committee agreed to the change last week.

Duke Student Government and the Black Student Alliance had advocated to change the building's name because Gov. Charles Aycock was a leader of white supremacist campaigns in 1898 and 1900.

Aycock was not involved with Duke and didn't give money for the building.

Brodhead says an explanation of the building's name and history will be displayed in its lobby.

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