DURHAM, N.C. -- A rally happened on Duke University’s campus Wednesday evening.

  • The Carr Building's name makes some feel uncomfortable
  • People are discovering the building is named after a man who donated a lot of money to Duke and supported the Ku Klux Klan
  • There are polarized opinions about what to do with building's name

Students and faculty explained why one of the school building's names is making some feel uncomfortable.

The Carr building got its name 88 years ago, and now students and staff say they've uncovered some unsettling truths about the man it's named after. 

Julian Carr was a philanthropist and tobacco manufacturer. He donated a lot of money to Duke University before he died in the 1920s.

School leaders named the building after him but many are discovering Carr also supported the Ku Klux Klan and had a speech written at the installation of Silent Sam, where he said in part, "One hundred yards from where we stand...I horse-whipped a Negro wench until her skirts hung in shreds…"

The speech is unsettling for some who say anyone who would say something like this should not have their name be idolized.

Others say we shouldn't be constantly trying to erase history.

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