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Historic U Of M Buildings Could Soon Have Names Changed

University of Michigan

The names of two University of Michigan buildings named after controversial historic figures could soon be changing.

University students are asking the school’s Board of Regents to replace the names of the Clarence Cook Little Science Building and the Alexander Winchell House.

Clarence Cook Little served as the university’s president during the 1920s and was a eugenicist that believed in the compulsory sterilization of "unfit" people.

Alexander Winchell taught at the university in the 19th century and was the author of a book on evolution that claimed African Americans were genetically inferior.

The Board of Regents is expected to vote on the issue this Thursday.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him

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