The message of this article consist of the history behind the Confederate Memorial Hall residence at Peabody College and the plan of the chancellor to sandblast the name ” confederate” off the building.The residence hall was later acquired by Vanderbilt University. Nicholas Zeppos, the chancellor of Vanderbilt University mentions that the decision will strengthen the ties that should exist across our country. After former Vanderbilt graduate and Fox News host Clay Travis objected to the idea, his advertising contract with the Jack Daniels distillery was revoked.
- The confederacy played a big role in building Vanderbilt University. Without these efforts, the man who wants to sandblast the word “confederate” would probably not have a job there.
- This hall was meant as a way to unify the country. It was part of an effort by the confederacy to do so.
- This University has a long history of bringing northerners and southerners together. The people who are trying to get rid of the word confederate, are erasing a part of this history.
“In 1935 the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) constructed Confederate Memorial Hall as a residence for girls at Nashville’s Peabody College. Originally residents who were descendants of Confederate veterans and agreed to become teachers were granted free room and board. The school and dormitory were acquired by Vanderbilt University in 1979. Earlier this month university chancellor, Nicholas Zeppos, announced that the name “Confederate” will be sandblasted off of the building.”