State legislator introduces bill to remove "Bibb Graves" from ASU building

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- A Montgomery lawmaker wants to remove the name of "Bibb Graves" from Bibb Graves hall on the campus of Alabama State University.

Representative Alvin Holmes presented a resolution for the ASU Board of Trustees to remove Graves' name from the building.

Holmes says Graves was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan and gave the authority to carrying out lynchings. "If the Republicans, white Republicans said they don't want a civil rights activist named Joe Reed to be on the building then we're not going to have the imperial wizard of the KKK Bibb Graves on the building," said Holmes.

Ten months ago the ASU Board of Trustees voted to remove former board chairman Joe Reed's name from the acadome. Trustees said he was a detrimental and negative influence on the university.

The senate has passed a resolution asking the board to put Reed's name back on the acadome.  Holmes says he will present his resolution to remove Graves' name Tuesday.