Cincinnati recommends removal of slave-owning founder’s name

Charles McMicken's name, which adorns its main campus building, 'betrays academic values' and symbolizes 'the university's failure to commit fully to the principles of diversity and inclusion that it professes.'

University of Cincinnati President Neville Pinto recommend the university strip its founder Charles McMicken’s name from campus, effectively immediately, at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.

McMicken donated the money and land that built the university in the late 1800s “for the education of white Boys and Girls.” He also owned slaves and fathered children with one, and possibly two, enslaved women.

His public connection to the university, often used in promotional materials and displayed in on-campus buildings, has been the subject of debate for years. In 2019, the ongoing discussion prompted the removal of McMicken’s name from the College of Arts and Sciences.


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