Renew LSU pushing to change the names of two prominent buildings on campus

December 12, 2017 - 1:52 pm
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(WWL.com)

A coalition of student groups called Renew LSU is pushing for university leaders to rename two prominent buildings on campus, Murphy J. Foster Hall and the John M. Parker Agriculture Coliseum. Spokesperson Savanah Dickinson says former Governor Foster created voter registration requirements that disenfranchised a majority of the Bayou State in the 1890s.

“Most all African Americans and a significant number of poor Louisianans. For Governor Parker, he was a part, in some capacity, of a lynch mob.”

Dickinson says Parker served as governor from 1920 to 1924 and participated in and refused to apologize for the 1891 lynching of 11 Sicilian immigrants who were allegedly involved in the murder of a New Orleans Police Chief. She says they hope to rename Foster Hall, which hosts the Museum of Natural History, in honor of Dr. Pinkie Gordon Lane.

“The first African American doctoral graduate from LSU and also the first African American Louisiana state poet laureate.”

It’s expected Renew LSU will hear back from LSU in the spring. Dickinson says they hope John M. Parker Agriculture Coliseum will be renamed in honor of former New Orleans mayor Dutch Morial and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey. She says even though they might receive some push back, changing these names is the right thing to do.

“Those aren’t things that you should be honoring on any kind of building. I think when it’s situations like that of such grave nature then that’s where it stops.”

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