Oklahoma State University's Board of Regents voted unanimously to remove the name of a former Oklahoma governor from two of its campus buildings.
Murray Hall and North Murray Hall were named for William H. Murray, Oklahoma's ninth governor. The university cited the governor's racist policies, namely costing the ability for black people to vote in the state of Oklahoma, as reason to remove his name from the campus structures.
“Today’s decision to remove Murray’s name from our campus is an important step to eliminate any actual or symbol of racism on OSU’s campus,” Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis said in a statement. “For many in the OSU family, the building’s name has invoked reminders of a painful past. I appreciate the leadership demonstrated by students, faculty, staff and alumni, and the unanimous action the Regents took today to remove the name.”