UC Berkeley unnames Barrows Hall, LeConte Hall

Photo of Barrows Hall
Sunny Shen/Senior Staff
According to a statement from UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ, Barrows Hall and LeConte Hall are in the process of being removed or covered up. The two halls will be unnamed due to the racist legacies of their respective namesakes, former UC president David Prescott Barrows and brothers John and Joseph LeConte.

After years of student advocacy, campus officials announced today that Barrows Hall and LeConte Hall at UC Berkeley will be unnamed due to their namesakes’ racist histories.
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What’s in a name?

Bits of Berkeley

The names of UC Berkeley’s buildings are so ingrained in the campus’s vocabulary that they seem at times to take on a meaning of their own. Dwinelle, Sproul, Wheeler and other monuments mark not only geographical locations on campus, but serve as forums for countless student experiences. But behind each
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