Is it Time to Change Everything Named after Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd?

by Steve MacDonald

Robert Byrd StatueByrd was a Klansman, Democrat Senator, and plunderer of taxpayers. As a modern symbol of the Democrat Party and its roots as founders and keepers of the Ku Klux Klan it seems appropriate to suggest that all these places be renamed immediately or else ‘Racism!’

  • Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center, Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston, West Virginia[9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Auditorium, National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia[9][10][11]
  • Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia[6][9][10][12][13]
  • Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Laboratory, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia[9][10][14]
  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Pharmacy Education, University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia[9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia[6][9]
  • Robert C. Byrd Clinical Teaching Center, Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia[9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, Green Bank, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, Princeton, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Health and Wellness Center, Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia[9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Charleston Division, Charleston, West Virginia[9]
  • Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg, West Virginia[6][9][15]
  • Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) Bridgeport Manufacturing Technology Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia[9][10][16]
  • RCBI Charleston Manufacturing Technology Center, South Charleston, West Virginia[6][9][10][16]
  • RCBI Huntington Manufacturing Technology Center, Huntington, West Virginia[9][10][16]
  • RCBI Rocket Center Manufacturing Technology Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia[9][10][16][17]
  • Robert C. Byrd Institute for Composites Technology and Training Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia[9]
  • Robert C. Byrd Library, Wheeling, West Virginia[9]
  • Robert C. Byrd Library and Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center, University of Charleston in Beckley[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield, West Virginia[9]
  • Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia[10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Metals Fabrication Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia[9][10][17]
  • Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia (affiliated with Fairmont State University)[9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia[6][9][18]
  • Robert C. Byrd Regional Training Institute, Camp Dawson near Kingwood, West Virginia[9]
  • Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Technology Center, Alderson–Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center[6][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex, Rocket Center, West Virginia[6][9][10][17]
  • Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Moorefield, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Sugar Grove, West Virginia[6][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Rooms, Office of the West Virginia Senate Minority Leader, West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia[9]
  • Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Beckley, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Charleston, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Federal Correctional Institution, Hazelton, West Virginia[6][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Clinic, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Clinical Addition to Veteran’s Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Addition to the Lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Conference Center (also known as the Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism), Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Appalachian Highway System, Appalachian Development Highway System in West Virginia[9][10][19]
  • Robert C. Byrd Bridge, crosses the Ohio River between Huntington, West Virginia and Chesapeake, Ohio[6][9][10][19]
  • Robert C. Byrd Bridge, Ohio County, West Virginia[19]
  • Robert C. Byrd Drive, West Virginia Routes 16 and 97 between Beckley and Sophia, West Virginia[6][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Expressway, United States Route 22 near Weirton, West Virginia[6][9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Freeway, United States Route 119 between Williamson and Charleston, West Virginia (also known as Corridor G)[6][9]
  • Robert C. Byrd Highway, United States Route 48 between Weston, West Virginia and the Virginia state line near Wardensville, West Virginia (also known as Corridor H)[6][19]
  • Robert C. Byrd Interchange on Interstate 77[9]
  • Robert C. Byrd Interchange on United States Route 19, Birch River, West Virginia[9][19]
  • Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center, Wheeling, West Virginia[9][10]
  • Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, Ohio River in Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia[6][9][10]

And if you are being consistent with your “outrage” that statue should probably go too.

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  • Liberal Conservative

    I suggested this to our state reps and senators…..crickets.

  • Bruce Currie

    Nice try. Unfortunately there are at least 3 differences here: 1) The Confederate “heroes” were, by definition, traitors to their country; 2) most of the statues were erected in times when southern Jim Crow segregation was being challenged–at the end of the 19th century, and again during the 1950’s and 60’s; and 3) Byrd disavowed and apologized for his Klan participation. I’m not aware that Nathan Bedford Forest, for one, ever apologized for founding the Klan.

  • Mary Anderson

    Why not tell the whole story of Robert Byrd or doesn’t it fit in with the premise of your story? Byrd belonged briefly to the Klan before entering public service. He spent a lifetime apologising for his involvement and atoning for it. He fought for civil rights. When he died the NAACP issued a tribute praising him.

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