The University of Vermont’s Board of Trustees has voted to remove the name of a former university resident from the Bailey/Howe Library.
The building will now be known as the David Howe Memorial Library.
Guy Bailey, who served as UVM president the 1920s and ’30s, was notorious for his support of the American eugenics movement. According to UVM, Bailey backed the Eugenics Survey of Vermont, the school’s first privately funded research project.
Vermont’s 1931 eugenic sterilization law, “A Law for Human Betterment by Voluntary Sterilization,” led to the forced sterilizations of poor women, darker-skinned French-Canadians and also Native Americans.
The name change was requested by protestors last year.