U of Oregon building named for a racist to be renamed

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The university's board of trustees has faced years of pressure from student activists

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A building at the University of Oregon will no longer be named for an early white settler who supported slavery and who helped draft the state’s constitution which barred Black people from living in the territory.

After years of pressure from student activists, the university’s board of trustees decided Tuesday to rename Deady (DEE-dee) Hall. The university’s first building, it was named for Matthew Deady, who was president of Oregon’s constitutional convention in 1857.

On June 7, about 1,500 Black Lives Matter protesters marched to the building on the campus in Eugene.

The building will temporarily be called University Hall until a formal naming.

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