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William Peace University reconsiders name, slaveholder ties

March 22, 2022 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A small private college in North Carolina is considering a name change amid scrutiny of its namesake’s history as a slaveholder.

William Peace University President Brian Ralph told WRAL-TV Tuesday that the school will hold a series of “listening sessions” with faculty, staff, students, alumni and others on whether to rename the school, among other questions.

Ralph’s remarks came as the university released findings from a task force that reviewed the school’s historical ties to slavery and white supremacy.

The task force found that Peace owned more than 50 slaves, according to data from an 1860 census.

The school said Tuesday that its Board of Trustees voted to remove a statue of Peace on campus.

The campus in Raleigh has an enrollment of more than 800 and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.