Washington and Lee faculty discuss renaming university, removing references to the Confederacy

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Amid recent protests around the U.S. regarding Confederate monuments and namesakes, Washington and Lee University faculty are considering a name change.

The university was named after an early benefactor, George Washington, and its former president, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, members of the university faculty held a virtual meeting Wednesday, June 24, to discuss a resolution to remove all references to the confederacy from the school’s name and campus, and even though no action was taken that evening, the more than 100 professors in attendance plan to send a formal request to Washington and Lee’s president and Board of Trustees by the end of the month.

“I will support it because it is an issue of moral responsibility and urgency to put to rest the university’s uncritical association with the Confederacy,” said Dominica Radulescu, who has worked at Washington and Lee as a professor for more than 20 years. “It is anachronistic and it contradicts the very core values that the university is trying to uphold.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says a commission examining the university’s history made several suggestions for changes, but did not recommend renaming Washington and Lee. However, the university reportedly made changes to some buildings’ names after students and faculty voiced their concerns

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