In 1937, Marshall University’s Jenkins Hall was named after Albert Gallatin Jenkins; a U.S. Confederate General who lived in Cabell County, now buried in Huntington.
As of this past April, students began raising concerns regarding the building’s name and addressed it to university faculty and they listened.
Marshall University Director of Communication, Leah Payne said, “Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert convened an ad hoc committee last spring at the request of a student to review building names on Marshall’s campus. Since then the committee has met several times and just last week hosted a public information session. Now, the university is soliciting written input from constituencies including the public and alumni, students, faculty and staff.”
Their mission is to make this process as transparent and inclusive as possible, so they created a public comment period for students to submit their opinions regarding the matter.
The period will conclude on December 14th and a report will be gathered by the ad hoc committee and passed along to President Gilbert, who will then deliver it to the Board of Governors for it’s meeting February 28th.