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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Trustees at East Carolina University aren't ready to rename a campus dormitory honoring former Gov. Charles Aycock, who improved North Carolina's education system but promoted white supremacy.

Multiple media outlets reported that Thursday's vote on changing the building's name was postponed.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said during the sometimes-heated trustees meeting that since the building was named for Aycock in 1961 the student body is 22 percent non-white.

Aycock was governor from 1901 to 1905. He established 1,100 schools and nearly 900 libraries around the state, but also pushed for laws that disenfranchised black voters. He was prominent in the Democratic Party's white supremacy campaigns of 1898 and 1900.

The state Democratic Party changed the name of its annual fall gala and Duke University renamed a building named for Aycock.

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