TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The University of Alabama removed the portrait of John Tyler Morgan from the Morgan Hall English Building on Friday.
Morgan served as a Confederate General during the Civil War and later as a United States Senator with ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
A group called We Are Done has been pushing for this along with removing other ties to racism from campus buildings. They call the university's move progress.
"By removing it, it acknowledges it but there is still so much more progress that needs to be done. We want more. We deserve more. The university deserves more and we've overcome so much that we shouldn't just say we're ok with taking a picture down even though you are surrounded by remnants of racism and segregation and inequality on campus," said Kalyn Lee, an organizer with We Are Done.?
Sources say the staff at Morgan Hall has been pushing for the portrait to be removed for some time.
UA released the following statement: