Alabama university removes Wallace name from building

Alabama university removes Wallace name from building
George Wallace stands in the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama to stop the enrollment of two African-American students June 11, 1963.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama at Birmingham has removed the name of four-term governor and presidential candidate George C. Wallace from a campus building over his support of racial segregation.

A resolution unanimously approved by trustees Friday says Wallace rose to power by defending racial separation and stoking racial animosity.

While noting Wallace’s eventual renouncement of racist policies, the resolution says his name remains a symbol of racial injustice for many.

A building that was named after Wallace in 1975 will now be called simply the Physical Education Building.

Multiple other buildings around Alabama still bear Wallace’s name.

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