New names for six Hudson Valley buildings currently named after slave owners have been approved.

Last month, the SUNY New Paltz College Council voted by a 4-3 margin to approve the resolution to rename six campus buildings, named after the first European settlers in New Paltz who also owned enslaved people.

On Tuesday, the SUNY Board of Trustees voted unanimously on new names that reflect locations in the region.

The new names, Shawangunk Hall, Awosting Hall, Minnewaska Hall, Mohonk Hall, Ashokan Hall and Peregrine Dining Hall, were recommended by a study group of College Council members, faculty, staff, students, alumni and a Historic Huguenot Street Board member. The study group then choose the names following a campuswide survey.

The name changes are as followed:

  • Bevier Hall will become Minnewaska Hall
  • Crispell Hall will become Ashokan Hall
  • Deyo Hall will become Awosting Hall
  • Dubois Hall will become Mohonk Hall
  • Lefevre Hall will become Shawangunk Hall
  • Hasbrouck Dining Hall will become Peregrine Dining Hall
  • The Hasbrouck Complex, which consists of all six buildings, will become the Peregrine Complex

The new names will be effective at the start of the fall 2019 semester.

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