Names of slave owners coming off 6 buildings at SUNY New Paltz


The view overlooking "The Gunk" and Hasbrouck Residence Complex, which will become Peregrine Dining Hall (crz4mets2, Creative Commons)

The State University of New York board of trustees has approved renaming six buildings on a Hudson Valley college campus that are named after slave owners who settled the region. SUNY officials say the board on March 21 approved the name changes for the buildings that make up the Hasbrouck Complex at SUNY New Paltz, in Ulster County.
Students had been pushing for the change because the buildings were named after the slave-owning Huguenot families who arrived in the late 17th century and became wealthy landowners.
The Hasbrouck Dinning Hall will become Peregrine Dining Hall, while five dormitories will bear names reflecting local geographic features with American Indian names: Minnewaska (mih-neh-WAHS'-kuh), Ashokan (uh-SHOH'-kihn), Awosting (a-WAH'-stihng), Mohonk (MOH'-hawnk) and Shawangunk (SHAWN'-guhnk).