Duke removes Confederate veteran's name from building

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A building on Duke University's campus will no longer be named after a benefactor who espoused white supremacist ideas.

The university said its Board of Trustees on Saturday voted to approve removing Julian Carr's name from a building where the history department is located.

Carr was a Confederate veteran and tobacco magnate who gave land where part of Duke was built, helping facilitate the university's move to Durham. He once bragged during a 1913 speech about whipping a black woman.

The school's history professors filed a formal request to remove Carr's name earlier this year. A special committee and President Vincent E. Price both recommended removing Carr's name.

Duke said the trustees had chosen to restore the building to its original name, the Classroom Building.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)