‘We need to reckon with the dual truths. Duke probably wouldn’t exist without Julian Carr’s generosity. And Julian Carr was a virulent white supremacist…’
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(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Two weeks after a leftist mob toppled a Confederate statue at UNC Chapel Hill, some North Carolinians want to erase more of their state’s history by renaming a city and building.
A petition in Carrboro, North Carolina would rename the city to Unicornboro because of the racist views of its founder, Julian Carr, The Daily Tar Heel reported.
History professors at Duke University have also asked to change the name of the Carr Building, where their department is at, The Herald Sun reported.
Carr, a Confederate soldier, spoke in 1913 at the dedication of the recently vandalized Silent Sam Statue at Chapel Hill, in which he said horrible things about black people.
“I horse-whipped a negro wench until her skirts hung in shreds,” Carr said, calling it a “pleasing duty.”
But his speech wasn’t without merit. He called for unity.
“In the knowledge of subsequent developments, the progress, peace and prosperity of our united, common country, victor and vanquished now alike believe that in the Providence of God it was right and well that the issue was determined as it was,” Carr said, according to the University of Alabama.
Carr also donated money to rescue Trinity College from insolvency and land to move it to its current location in Durham County, where it is now known as Duke University.
“We need to reckon with the dual truths. Duke probably wouldn’t exist without Julian Carr’s generosity. And Julian Carr was a virulent white supremacist,” Don Taylor, chairman of Duke’s Academic Council said, The Washington Post reported.
He backed women’s suffrage, helped African-American entrepreneur John Merrick start the N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company, supported public libraries and education, and expanded employment opportunities for blacks.
The Carrboro City Council said it would cost too much and complicate matters to change the city’s name, so they settled on a “Truth Plaque” that will explain Carr’s views and promote equity and racial tolerance.
“The Truth Plaque will acknowledge that Carrboro is named after the Julian Carr and refer to his racist legacy, cite the racist history of the town as well as celebrate Carrboro’s local civil rights heroes and affirm Carrboro’s commitment to continuing to work for social justice,” said Deb Aikat, an associate professor at UNC’s School of Media and Journalism, according to WRAL.