Byrd's name removed from UMD stadium

Posted at 10:52 PM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 22:54:27-05

 A Maryland university system board has voted to rename the stadium at the system's flagship campus after a campaign focused on its namesake's work to maintain racial segregation.

Byrd's name was photographed being removed from the stadium Wednesday. 

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The stadium, where the University of Maryland College Park's football and lacrosse teams play, was named for Byrd, who was president from 1936 to 1954.

In the spring, a coalition of students began a campaign for the change and President Wallace D. Loh created a group of faculty, staff, students and alumni to consider it. Loh recommended the change this week, saying Byrd was an ardent proponent of "separate but equal" education.