Petitioners call for the University to rename Morgan Hall after Harper Lee


UA photography instructor Chip Cooper poses with Harper Lee. Photo courtesy of Chip Cooper

Elizabeth Elkin

petition was created on Feb. 19 to rename Morgan Hall, The University of Alabama’s Department of English building, to Lee Hall after Harper Lee, who was confirmed dead at age 89 earlier in the day.

Morgan Hall was named after John Tyler Morgan who, according to the petition, was a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, a senator from the state of Alabama and a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

As of approximately 6 p.m. on Feb. 19, the petition had 663 supporters.

“The University has an amazing chance to show our support for racial equality, as well as to honor the legacy generally of a woman who promoted kindness and empathy for all,” the petition read. “Lee was doubtless the University’s greatest contribution to literature, and it would be more than fitting for our English building to bear her name, which reflects so much more accurately the values of The University of Alabama, than that of white supremacist John Tyler Morgan.”