A number of students, alumni and others have called for the university to rename Aycock Residence Hall, which opened in 1960. The student residence hall is named for Charles B. Aycock, a former governor, lawyer, federal prosecutor and school superintendent who served as a spokesperson for the white supremacy campaigns at the turn of the century. That revelation helped prompt a review of ECU’s facility naming policy, which was initially adopted in 1997 and last amended in 2009.
Approximately 25 students attended the board meeting to show their support for renaming Aycock Hall. Tyree Barnes, a senior from Weldon, and Tyler Morrison, a senior from Dunn, spoke to the group.
“We have lied to ourselves long enough and pretended that Mr. Charles B. Aycock’s name on our campus is not one of the sources of our differences,” Barnes said.