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Alabama State to rename a residence hall that had honored a former governor -- a one-time KKK leader

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

FILE- In this Nov. 20, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, right, meets with officials from southern states, including Alabama Gov.-elect Bibb Graves, left, Florida Gov. David Sholtz, in the president's study at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga. Historically black Alabama State University on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2020, has removed the name of Graves, once the leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter, from a campus dormitory following a decision by trustees that occurred during the national discussion prompted by the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. (AP Photo/File)

Alabama State University (ASU) has removed the name of former Alabama governor Bibb Graves from a residence hall on Wednesday. Graves was propelled into political power in the 1920s through the support of the Ku Klux Klan, the university said.

(CNN)Alabama State University (ASU) is the latest entity to remove the name of a controversial figure from its building.

The university removed the name of former Alabama governor Bibb Graves from a residence hall on Wednesday.

Graves was propelled into political power in the 1920s through the support of the Ku Klux Klan, the university said.

The removal of Gibb's name followed a unanimous vote by the ASU Board of Trustees to change the name of the residence hall that also houses a historic bell tower, the university said.

"I established a committee to research the names that are on our buildings to determine those who were closely associated with racist organizations, such as the Ku Klux Klan," said ASU President Quinton T.

"Bibb Graves was a Klan leader at one point, so the decision was made to remove his name from the building. "

The university said when the name was physically removed, it took two men "less than two minutes to make a change that many have waited to see for years. "

Ross added that the process of selecting the appropriate name to be placed on the bell tower building will now begin.

"We will now begin the process of selecting the appropriate name to be placed on the Bell Tower building," Ross said.

I am proud that we are able to make this happen during my tenure as President of the University," he added.

The death of George Floyd in May led to the removal of contentious statues all over the United States this summer.

Protesters brought down the statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, in Richmond, Virginia, according to CNN affiliate WRIC.

Calhoun was removed from its pedestal in Charleston, South Carolina, after the city council voted unanimously for its removal, according to CNN affiliate WCSC.

These were just some of the structures that were removed all over the country.

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