Western Carolina University to remove name from auditorium

Western Carolina University (Photo: WLOS)

CULLOWHEE, NC (AP) — The board of trustees at Western Carolina University has voted unanimously to approve a resolution removing the name of a former North Carolina governor from a campus auditorium.

A news release from the school said the action was taken on Monday during a special meeting of the board, which was held by teleconference because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Former governor Clyde R. Hoey, who was also a state and federal legislator, actively opposed civil rights legislation and favored racial segregation.

According to the news release, Hoey also opposed statehood for Hawaii because the territory contained “only a small percentage of white people.”