NBC News reported that school officials at a New Orleans university took down a Victory Bell after discovering that it was used on a plantation. They justified the move claiming that it symbolized a “horrific part of our nation’s past.”
Tulane University officials said in a letter addressed to Tulane students that it was “terribly disheartening” to discover the history of the monument, which they described as the “symbol of the Tulane spirit.”
The bell was set up at the university six decades ago. Traditionally, the bell was rung in celebration following Tulane basketball wins.
However, board Chairman Doug Hertz and President Mike Fitts disclosed in the letter that officials found out last week that the bell was forged in 1825 and “was used to direct the movement of enslaved Africans” per the NBC News report.
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