TRINIDAD-UWI strips racist of hall title


The Hall of Residence at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus formerly known as Milner Hall is now Freedom Hall.

The process to review the name Milner Hall started in October 2017 having gained the approval of the Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC) on the recommendation of a report compiled by Pro Vice-Chancellor Alan Cobley, Professor of South African History, a statement by UWI said.

The report confirmed the association of Lord Alfred Milner, whom the Hall was named after, with crimes against humanity in Africa among other actions driven by his self-proclaimed ‘British race supremacy’ ideology.

The name review process included a series of consultations with key stakeholders of The UWI St. Augustine Campus including Hall residents and a wider call to all students, staff, and alumni to recommend alternative names.

The final decision was made on the recommendation of current residents of Milner Hall.

The new name was approved by both the Campus Finance and General Purposes Committee (February 02, 2018) and the University-wide Finance and General Purposes Committee on February 20, 2018.

Campus Principal, Professor Brian Copeland expressed his satisfaction with the process.

“I am pleased that due process was followed by transparency and that consultation was prioritised. The result is a new name and our new focus will be on helping our students, particularly the residents of Freedom Hall to adjust to the change,” he said.