Don’t remove Potter, Ogden from colleges

I am a huge fan of WKU. Both of my children graduated from WKU. My daughter graduated from Potter College of Arts and Letters. My great-great-grandfather was Pleasant J Potter. I am writing this letter to express my dismay and disappointment over the possibility of removing Pleasant J Potter’s and Robert Ogden’s name off of the two WKU colleges. It was legal to own slaves at that time. They were generous men who realized the importance of a good education. We should not erase history. We should learn from history to never let slavery happen again.

WKU, I hope you will consider my letter and not remove the names of Pleasant J. Potter and Robert Ogden from the WKU colleges.

Linda Belle Pillow

Bowling Green

(9) comments

victoria

Angela, sorry your family's land was taken. Not many out there looking out for individuals or doing the right thing. Many abomination have begun with "progress" as the reason.

kentucky-jed

How will leaving the names there "let slavery happen again"? Leave it as a part of history as it was, a reminder to not repeat the past.

disgusted!

Just put the names of the original land owners and maintainers somewhere on a sign or marquee or marker near or onthe buildings, the least fair, proper and fitting thing that can be done! Driving aroud and seeing only the names of past presidents all white is not palatable, historical,or just all.but then there are plenty of you who still are so callous that you just don't care! Names of those former slave property owners have been sent to President Caboni by a person who has copies of deeds and old Daily. News articles involving the usurpation.

disgusted!

angelat1305

Just wondering how will leaving the names there "never let slavery happen again"? Kind of know your sentiment though. My great-grandparents not too long out of slavery bought,maintained and preserved the land that Diddle Arena, Bates-Runner and Dero Downing are now situated on. They willed it to their descendants,my forebears, but WKU through Urban renewal usurped it for not anywhere what it was worth and my foreears had to leave.

disgusted!

Just wondering how will leaving the names there "never let slavery happen again"? Kind of know your sentiment though. My great-grandparents not too long out of slavery bought,maintained and preserved the land that Diddle Arena, Bates-Runner and Dero Downing are now situated on. They willed it to their descendants,my forebears, but WKU through Urban renewal usurped it for not anywhere what it was worth and my foreears had to leave.

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Enough Already

"WKU through Urban renewal usurped it for not anywhere what it was worth and my foreears had to leave."

How does that make WKU a villain? Urban renewal happens everywhere and is much preferable for a city than a perpetual dilapidated slum that becomes a haven for lowlife criminals, but no taxes. Your attitude is a drain on productive citizens and typical leftist BS. Because YOUR ancestors once owned the land, suddenly they get a do over? I don't think so.

disgusted!

Any lowlife who would STEAL the property of a peope recovering from a long period of being not able to or fobidden to work for a decent living or any one who would sympathize with such thievery is beyond utter contempt. People like you are what is majorly wrong with this country today. The land described was definitely not a slum area and the people who owned it were definitely not the criminals.I am so happy that liars and namecallers such as yourself will soon evaporate as soon as this election is settled and Biden is president.

disgusted!

Just put the names of those three property former slave landowners of Diddle, Bates and Dero on a marquee, marker, etc. on or near the building as the least just thing you can do! Old Daily News papers and copies deeds are in the posessions of descendants to verify the detailed sins of the usurpation.ir to have the names of only old white men on the buildings!

disgusted!

Just put the names of those three property former slave landowners of Diddle, Bates and Dero on a marquee, marker, etc. on or near the building as the least just thing you can do! Old Daily News papers and copies of deeds are in the posessions of descendants to verify the detailed sins of the usurpation. Not fair to have the names of only old white men on all the buildings! As they did not purchase the land and maintain in hardship.

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