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UO President Calls For Removal Of KKK Leader’s Name From Campus Building

Rachael McDonald

University of Oregon President Michael Schill recommends denaming Dunn Hall on campus because of Frederic Dunn’s racist legacy. The Board of Trustees will consider the proposal at its meeting next week.

Schill makes the recommendation after commissioning a report from three historians on classics professor Dunn and University founder Matthew Deady. Last year, the U of O Black Student Task Force called for the buildings that hold those men’s names to be changed.  Dunn led the Ku Klux Klan in Lane County in the 1920s. In a Thursday memo, Schill says, “Dunn, as the head of an organization that supported racism and violence against African Americans, Catholics, and Jews, is not a man for whom a building should be named on the University of Oregon campus.”
Schill says he’s still undecided about renaming Deady Hall. Matthew Deady was pro-slavery early in his life but somewhat changed his views later. His name is on the oldest building on the U of O campus. President Schill says the input he’s received shows the community holds divided views on whether Deady Hall should be renamed.

 The U of O Board of Trustees meets next Thursday and Friday on campus.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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