Wednesday, April 04, 2001

Jefferson Davis portrait removed

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — Transylvania University removed a portrait of Confederate president and alumnus Jefferson Davis from a residence hall after a racial slur was found scrawled on a black student's door.

        University President Charles L. Shearer decided to remove the portrait from Jefferson Davis Hall last week after meeting with a group of black students.

        “If you have African-American students who live in that hall, and we do ... I can understand how that would make them feel,” Mr. Shearer said.

        Thursday, a black student was returning to his room in the dormitory when he discovered a racial slur written on the door with a marker. On Sunday, another slur was scratched on the same door.


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