The board of visitors at the University of Virginia has announced several changes to the campus landscape. Jim Ryan, president of the University of Virginia, stated that these “actions that will make this place more clearly and obviously welcoming to all, and where all have an opportunity to thrive.”
Among the actions being taken are:
- Renaming the Curry School of Education and Human Development as the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development. The revision drops the name of J.L.M. Curry, who was a slaveholder, Confederate leader, and opposed integrated schools.
- Contextualizing the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the north side of the Rotunda. The board’s resolution acknowledged Jefferson’s contributions to the university and the nation, but also pointed out that he owned slaves and used slave labor to construct the university.
- Rededication, if possible, or removal, if rededication is not possible, of the Hume Memorial Wall, known as the Whispering Wall, which is a Confederate memorial honoring Confederate soldiers and Virginia politician Frank Hume.
- Removing the name Withers from Withers-Brown Hall at the School of Law. The name previously honored Henry Malcolm Withers, a Confederate leader whose family owned slaves.