The Tulane Hullabaloo

Entangled with plantation history, Tulane removes iconic campus bell

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Sanjali De Silva, Senior Staff Reporter

March 5, 2020

According to tradition, it only rings twice a year: once for convocation and once for commencement.  Graduating seniors in the Class of 2020 were gearing up to hear the Victory Bell ring — until it was abruptly removed, leaving a barren stand in front of McAlister Auditorium. The decision came ...

Tulane removes ‘Victory Bell’ from McAlister, cites symbol’s connection to slavery

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Sanjali De Silva, Senior Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

As students made their morning commutes to class on Thursday, something distinct was missing from the familiar route: the McAlister Victory Bell. The bell was removed today after a discovery from a Tulane staff member was shared with President Fitts that the iconic campus symbol was originally a plantation...

Tulane cannot ignore its historical roots to slavery

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Jackson Faulkner, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

Jackson Faulkner is currently writing an undergraduate honors thesis on the social history of the deBore plantation, which comprised part of the land that is currently Tulane University. Without question, slavery defines Tulane University. Without understanding this reality beyond the immediate fr...

“What happened to the people”: 1838 sale of 272 people challenges universities to evaluate ties to enslavement

Cornelius Hawkins' gravesite is pictured at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery in Maringouin, LA. Hawkins was born in 1825, was sold in 1838 and died in 1902.

Canela Lopez

October 19, 2017

"For the promotion and the encouragement of intellectual, moral and industrial education among the white young persons in the city of New Orleans." These are words of the original charter, penned by Paul Tulane, Louisiana Congressman Randall Lee Gibson and others, that served as the foundation for...