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Wed Jun 24, 2020, 02:49 AM

Robert C. Byrd's name removed from a college health center

A private college in West Virginia said Wednesday it is removing the name of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd from its health center, saying his name had caused “divisiveness and pain" without explicitly noting his complicated past on racial matters.

Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s but subsequently denounced the organization. He served in the Senate for 51 years and died in 2010 at age 92.

Bethany College President Tamara Rodenberg said on the school's website that Byrd's name will be removed from the college's Robert C. Byrd Health Center “to demonstrate Bethany College’s capacity to change, to listen, and to learn.”

Bethany's statement did not specifically mention Byrd's past ties to the Klan.

Read more: https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Robert-C-Byrds-name-removed-from-a-college-health-center-571345761.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jun 24, 2020, 09:55 AM

1. Christ, isn't just about EVERYTHING in WV named after him?

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Response to packman (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 12:13 AM

2. He served for years as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee

In that capacity he was able to get boatloads of federal funding directed to the Mountain State. Grateful West Virginians did indeed put his name to a lot of things. I myself was tempted to name our first born after him.

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