Virginia Tech Renames Two Residence Halls After Three African Americans

Virginia Tech is renaming two of its residence halls after three Black trailblazers who played key roles in the campus’ history, reports WSLS News.

Previously named after men who espoused White supremacist views, Lee Hall and Barringer Hall will now be called Hoge Hall and Whitehurst Hall, respectively.

Hoge Hall is named for Janie and William Hoge, a local African American couple who fought for Black students’ rights to be on campus. The couple, both born to formerly enslaved parents, hosted Black students who were denied on-campus housing at the time.

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