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New Paltz’s founding families were slaveholders; should their names be stricken from college buildings?

New Paltz’s founding families were slaveholders; should their names be stricken from college buildings?

In a response to a petition calling for a change to the name of the campus dining hall to honor a long-time employee, SUNY New Paltz president Donald P. Christian said he’d ask the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Council to look at the pros and cons or retaining or replacing the names of campus buildings named for the town’s earliest Huguenot settlers, who were slaveholders.