February 20, 2019 07:00 PM
A University of Minnesota task force report recommends the removal of four names from campus buildings.
The Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History recommends the names be removed from Coffman Memorial Union, Nicholson Hall, Middlebrook Hall and Coffey Hall.
All were named in honor of previous administrators. The administrators include Lotus Delta Coffman, Edward Nicholson, Middlebrook Hall and Walter Coffey. The report cites instances of discrimination while those administrators were in their roles at the university.
"Our recommendations to remove the names from these buildings do not deny that these individuals operated within structures and systems that imposed constraints on what they saw as possible ways of carrying out their official duties," the report reads. "But neither do we believe they were without choice, particularly given the power and discretion they exercised during their administrative roles."
The report suggests that whether or not the names are removed from the buildings, that a permanent exhibit "that explores the legacy of the named individual" be installed in the buildings.
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Updated: February 20, 2019 07:00 PM
Created: February 20, 2019 10:54 AM
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