Abstract

This article examines from a public history perspective the movement by many to un-name Murray Hall on the Oklahoma State University campus because its namesake was a racist and anti-Semite. The former dormitory, currently being renovated, is named for William H. ““Alfalfa Bill”” Murray, who also is one of the most politically influential figures in Oklahoma history. It argues that the proponents of renaming have yet to take fully into account the complex historical legacy of Murray and the multiple historical meanings various publics find embedded in Murray Hall. These are, of course, issues with which public historians deal routinely.

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