University of Alabama to dedicate “Autherine Lucy Hall”
The University of Alabama’s first African American student will be on hand for the dedication of the re-naming of the campus’s College of Education building in her honor. Work crews installed large stone panels spelling “Autherine Lucy Hall” last weekend. The part reading “H-E-R” of her name is featured above. UA trustees voted to strip the name of a one-time governor who led the Ku Klux Klan from a campus building and rename it solely for Lucy. The unanimous vote reversed a decision last week to add the name of Autherine Lucy-Foster to a building honoring Bibb Graves, a progressive, pro-education governor who also ran a Montgomery KKK group a century ago. Lucy-Foster briefly attended classes in Graves Hall after enrolling at Alabama but was expelled in 1956 after protests by whites and threats. The University expelled her, but reversed that decision in 1988.