- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Trustees at the University of North Carolina are hearing opinions on whether to change the name of Saunders Hall - a building named for a confederate colonel who purportedly was an organizer of the Ku Klux Klan in the state.

Area media outlets report a number of students holding signs attended a meeting Wednesday of the board’s University Affairs Committee. They told board members that the name of the building perpetuates racism on the Chapel Hill campus.

The building was named in 1920 for William Saunders, a 19th-century UNC graduate and trustee.

Trustee Chuck Duckett said Wednesday that when the building was named for Saunders, trustees at the time thought the KKK connection was true and mentioned it as one of the reasons for naming the building in his honor.

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