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Rhodes College changes name of building that has Confederate ties

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) -- Rhodes College is one of several schools across the country that recently has stripped Confederate names from its buildings.

The Palmer Hall honors Benjamin Morgan Palmer, the first moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate states.

Historical records show he argued the Bible justified slavery.

A special committee was appointed three years ago to review Palmer's legacy and found it to be "fundamentally at odds" with the college.

The building has now been re-named Southwestern Hall, which honors the school's former name. The administration wants to make clear it’s not replacing history.

"We are commemorating the name Palmer Hall in a new plaque that will be set up in the Southwestern Hall. So, we're not erasing history, but we are moving forward as an institution into the 21st century,” said Milton Moreland, Rhodes College VP of Academic Affairs.

The building name was officially changed Friday. The signage currently is being put in place.


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