Virginia Tech officials rename residence halls

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday, the Executive Committee of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors voted unanimously to remove the names Claudius Lee and Paul Barringer from campus residence halls.

“I want to express my gratitude to the members of the Council on Virginia Tech History for their thoughtful deliberations and counsel on this important issue. The previous names on these two residence halls – the temporary homes of many of our students of color in recent years – were inconsistent with the rich heritage and increasingly diverse community that is Virginia Tech. Because the Council sought input from existing groups, commissions, faculty, staff, students, and alumni within the university community, it helped us arrive, in a unified voice, at today’s decision.”

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands

Lee Hall will be named Hoge Hall in honor of William and Janie Hoge; a local African American couple who played a critical role in the success and well-being of the first African American students attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the 1950s.

Barringer Hall will be named Whitehurst Hall in honor of James Leslie Whitehurst Jr.
He was the first Black student permitted to live on campus in 1961.

Claudius Lee and Paul Barringer were known white supremacists.

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