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Trustee Urges Removing Pro-Slavery Name From UO’s Oldest Building

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UPDATE: The Board of Trustees announced Friday it will schedule a special meeting to consider the request in the coming weeks.

A member of the University of Oregon Board of Trustees Thursday urged the board to change the name of Deady Hall. Deady was a pro-slavery delegate to the Oregon Constitution and a founder of the U of O.

At a virtual board meeting, UO Trustee Andrew Colas asked for an emergency vote to de-name Deady Hall. As the only black member of the board, he says the University has to take a stand, especially now.

“At this point, I have to call that we revisit denaming our landmark institution as Deady Hall. I cannot accept a person that would see me and believe that I am as good as a horse, cattle, or a piece of land. That wrecks me inside.” Said Colas.

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Andrew Colas is a member of the UO Board of Trustees.

Colas was quoting Deady’s own words from historic documents. The board in 2017 declined to rename the UO’s oldest building, despite urging from members of the Black Student Task Force. Colas’s impromptu statement couldn’t be acted on immediately due to Oregon Public Meeting laws. But, Chair Chuck Lillis said the board would consider the request. 

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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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