University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium Has a New Name

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H.C. "Curley" Byrd
H.C. “Curley” Byrd

After a recommendation from President Wallace Loh earlier this week, the University of Maryland Board of Regents voted to rename Byrd Stadium on Friday. The vote, which changes the name to Maryland Stadium, capped off an effort that students began in April. 

The students proposed changing the name due to the views of its namesake, former university president and head football coach H.C. Curley Byrd. He is regarded as one of the key architects of the University of Maryland as its known today, but Byrd also supported segregation and tried to block African Americans from attending the university in the 1930s.

According to the student-run Diamondback, which Byrd named, Friday’s vote came down 12-5. It will be the last name change at the University of Maryland for a while, as part of Loh’s proposal included a five-year moratorium on renaming. Byrd won’t disappear from campus completely. A library exhibit will focus on his legacy. The university is also set to host discussions about diversity in the UMD community in early 2016.

Since Loh announced his recommendation on Monday, politicians like Barbara Mikulski and Steny Hoyer backed the renaming.

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