Proposal to Rename Marshall Building Gaining Attention

Aug 31, 2018

A proposal to rename a building at Marshall University that's named after a Confederate general is gaining attention.

The Herald-Dispatch reports about 30 students, faculty, staff and community members met Thursday to discuss the proposal made by Students for Democratic Society to rename Jenkins Hall, which houses the College of Education and Professional Development. The building was named after Confederate Gen. Albert Gallatin Jenkins, whose plantation is still standing.

Students for Democratic Society President John Ross said the move is an effort to put more thought into who is memorialized and why.

Since the idea was proposed, Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert created a committee to evaluate the names of every building on campus. Christie Kinsey chairs the committee and says it is gathering information to make a recommendation.