Trustees at UNC-Chapel Hill voted 10-3 this morning to drop the name from Saunders Hall.
The building was named in 1920 for Confederate Colonel and UNC alumnus and trustee William Lawrence Saunders. Saunders served as North Carolina Secretary of State from 1879 until 1891. Saunders was also a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
In 1979 a clash between white supremacist groups and protestors in Greensboro left five dead and 12 badly injured. The incident gained national attention and over the past 36 years the city has undergone a number of programs to try and provide some reconciliation. But a new move by the North Carolina Highway Advisory Marker Committee is drawing some controversy.