Gov. Murphy gives up Woodrow Wilson desk, citing 'reckoning' on race
Gov. Phil Murphy says he has quit using former President Woodrow Wilson’s desk at his office in Trenton, citing a “reckoning" on race occurring nationwide.
Wilson served as New Jersey’s governor before becoming U.S. president. His legacy is increasingly under review after the May killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died as a white police officer held him down with his knee on Floyd’s neck. Floyd’s death spurred on worldwide protests against police violence toward racial minorities, particularly Black Americans.
Wilson supported segregation and imposed it on several federal agencies not racially divided up to that point.
There have been calls around the state to rename schools and other buildings that sport Wilson’s name. Princeton University recently dropped the name from its Wilson College and the School of Public and International Policy for the same reason.
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The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.