The West Point Science Building has a KKK plaque
West Point, the revered military academy in upstate New York, should consider removing a plaque honoring the Klu Klux Klan from its campus, a congressional panel suggested in a new report.
The entrance to Bartlett Hall Science Center is adorned with a bronze plaque depicting a hooded and caped man holding a rifle with the hate organization’s name underneath. This emerges from a report published on Monday by the so-called Naming Commission.
The task of the commission is to make recommendations for the renaming of federal monuments on military property. The report said it could not directly request the removal of the KKK award because it was not specifically linked to the rebel army.
However, it noted that “there are clear ties in the KKK to the Confederacy” and called on the Department of Defense to “create a standard disposal requirement for such assets.”
After the Civil War, the white supremacist group fought against the progress of Reconstruction in the South by terrorizing and killing blacks and other minorities. By the 1920s, it had four million members and significant political power, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The commission asked West Point to rename a dozen buildings, streets, and gates named for General Robert E. Lee and other Confederate leaders, noting that portraits of Lee and “persons who volunteered to serve under him” should be thrown away.
A scrolling appeal, which included names of graduates who fought for secession at Cullum Hall at the Orange County Military Academy, “might remain so structured due to its unmemorial stance,” the group said.
The changes would cost taxpayers about $425,000, with $300,000 needed to move monuments and engravings in Reconciliation Plaza alone.
West Point did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.
The commission also asked the military to rename several United States Naval Academy assets in Annapolis, Maryland.