The board of trustees of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, has decided to remove the name of Charles B. Aycock from a residence hall on campus. The building, which opened in 1960, was named after Charles B. Aycock, a former governor of North Carolina, who was a strong supporter of White supremacy.
Aycock served as governor of North Carolina from 1901 to 1905. While Governor Aycock was a strong advocate for public education, he also was a staunch segregationist and led efforts to disenfranchise Black voters in the state.
The board decided to create a new space that will be called Heritage Hall where people of historic significance to the university will be honored in an “authentic and comprehensive context.” Board chair Robert Brinkley said that “we believe that Aycock’s legacy to education and his role in the history of ECU will be better recognized and understood in Heritage Hall.”
Tyler Morrison, the president of the Black Student Union at East Carolina University, said after the board vote that “there is a high sense of accomplishment. It affirms our faith in our university, that our student voice, opinion, and culture really matters to the trustees and administrators on campus.”
In June 2014, Duke University renamed a building on its campus that had honored Aycock.