North Carolina Central University officially unveiled the new name of its administration building Wednesday. The name of former North Carolina governor, Clyde Hoey, a known segregationist, is no longer on the building at the historically black institution.
University administrators, staff, alumni and students cheered as the new name was displayed. It’s not a big surprise North Carolina Central renamed the building after its founder, James E. Shepard. For years, there have been grumblings from students and alumni about having Governor Clyde Hoey’s name on the school’s main building.
Carolyn Green Boone is Shepard’s great, granddaughter. She says the renaming fills her with pride and joy. Boone says it was clear how Hoey’s named ended up on the administration building.
“Most people didn’t understand he was a staunch segregationist. And that one of the reasons he gave us money was to keep us over here so we wouldn’t try to come over there, to UNC,” said Boone, after the ceremony. (Read more)