- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The name of former North Carolina Gov. Charles B. Aycock, who advocated for segregated public education while espousing white supremacy, will be removed from a residence hall at East Carolina University, the school’s board of trustees said Friday.

Trustees voted to pay tribute to Aycock and others who were historically significant to the school in a new Heritage Hall.

“We believe that Aycock’s legacy to education and his role in history of ECU will be better recognized and understood in Heritage Hall,” ECU board of trustees chairman Robert Brinkley said.

The faculty senate, Student Government Association and ECU chancellor Steve Ballard all supported removing Aycock’s name.

Aycock, a Democrat, served as governor from 1901-1905. During a political campaign in the late 1890s, populists and Republicans claimed the charges made by Aycock regarding blacks were exaggerated, misleading and false. But the appeal to white supremacy at the time made him successful.

Last year, Duke University’s board of trustees removed Aycock’s name from an undergraduate residence hall after more than 100 years.

A high school in eastern North Carolina is named for Aycock, and there is a statue of him in the U.S. Capitol. An auditorium at UNC Greensboro bears his name as well.

In South Carolina, the chairman of Clemson University’s board of trustees announced last week that the school will not remove the name of former South Carolina governor and white supremacist Benjamin Tillman from a campus building.

The Clemson faculty senate had voted that Tillman should not hold a place of honor on the campus and his name should be removed.

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