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SUNY-New Paltz approves new names for college buildings

SUNY-New Paltz approves new names for college buildings

The names are being changed because the buildings’ namesakes, the founding families of the town, owned slaves prior to slavery’s abolition in New York State. The new building names pay homage to local geographic features. They will be assigned to the campus buildings to mirror their actual locations – for instance, Lefevre Hall, the eastern-most of the buildings, will become Shawangunk Hall, because the Shawangunk Ridge is the eastern-most of these features.

SUNY New Paltz president: Buildings named for slaveholding families should be renamed

SUNY New Paltz president: Buildings named for slaveholding families should be renamed

“These buildings were named for the original Huguenot patentees who were the first European settlers in New Paltz,” wrote college president Donald Christian. “Like other Europeans who settled in New York and other mid-Atlantic states, they enslaved Africans. The campus building names have been contentious on campus for many years, and official action to review them was long overdue.”

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.