Group recommends stripping slave owner’s name from college

November 26, 2019 GMT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati should remove a slave owner’s name from one of its colleges despite the key role he played in creating the university, according to a panel tasked with examining the issue. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Charles McMicken died in 1858 and left the city some land he intended for colleges specifically for white students. Instead, officials created a school for everyone. 

The panel that studied McMicken’s legacy at the campus concluded his named should be stripped from the College of Arts and Sciences because of his racial discrimination. It said the name symbolizes exclusion and a failure by the university to fully commit to diversity and inclusion. 

President Neville Pinto had asked the group only to consider the college’s affiliation with the name, but the group said its conclusion could guide decisions about using McMicken’s name elsewhere on campus. An academic hall and a road are among other locations that bear his name. 

The group also recommended that the school establish a process for reconsidering commemorative naming on campus.

Pinto said he will study the group’s report about the affiliation before making his own recommendation to university trustees in the coming weeks.