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Kentucky Kernel

Ann O’Hanlon’s 1934 mural located in UK’s Memorial Hall has been the subject of controversy for several years, due to its depictions of people of color. On Nov. 22, president Eli Capilouto announced that it would be removed and relocated. Photo by Joel Repoley | Staff file photo

UK under legal pressure for planned removal of Memorial Hall mural

Alexis Baker, Reporter December 1, 2022

After years of controversy surrounding a mural in Memorial Hall, UK president Eli Capilouto announced the university’s plan to remove and relocate it on Nov. 22. The mural illustrates segregation...

Memorial Hall on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Capilouto announces relocation of Memorial Hall mural

Alexis Baker, Reporter November 22, 2022

UK president Eli Capilouto released an email on Tuesday, Nov. 22, that serves as a reflection on the recent racism on campus and what the university plans to do moving forward. The campus-wide email...

Mural in Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of Kentucky on Friday, March 31, 2017. Photo by Adam Sherberg | Archive 

Mural still standing months after promise to remove

Haley Simpkins February 8, 2021

UK has not started the physical removal process of the controversial Memorial Hall mural.Following the killing of George Floyd and racial injustice protests in mid-2020, President Capilouto announced the...

Memorial Hall on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

It’s coming down: After years of hesitancy, UK to remove Memorial Hall mural

Natalie Parks June 5, 2020

As nation-wide protests over police brutality and racism extend into a second week, institutions across the country are reckoning with their legacies of racism.At UK, the reckoning has forced a decision...

The mural inside Memorial Hall was created by Anne Rice OHanlon in 1934. Photo by Joel Repoley | Staff File Photo

Documentary on controversial mural shown in Memorial Hall

Natalie Parks February 12, 2020

In the lobby of Memorial Hall, a white sheet covered Ann Rice O’Hanlon’s controversial fresco.In the auditorium of Memorial Hall, images of the fresco panned across a screen, accompanied by audio from...

Karyn Olivier works on her artwork Witness in Memorial Hall on UKs campus on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. Karyn Olivier was an artist chosen by the UK Memorial Hall art committee to create an artwork that adds context to Anne Rice OHanlons 1934 mural. OHanlons mural depicts a sanitized version of the brutality that existed during the time of slavery and legal segregation. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Artist who created piece in response to Memorial Hall mural writes letter to UK community

Karyn Olivier April 8, 2019

Dear University of Kentucky community or more pointedly, Dear Students of Color,I wanted to write to you for several reasons. Firstly, I highly respect, admire and am truly moved by the real work and commitment...

The mural inside Memorial Hall was created by Anne Rice OHanlon in 1934. Photo by Joel Repoley | Staff File Photo

UK to cover Memorial Hall mural after student sit-in

April 2, 2019

The University of Kentucky administration will "immediately" cover a controversial mural in Memorial Hall that has been protested for several years on campus. The news came in a campus-wide email sent...

Pieces of Karyn Olivier work Witness are cut out in preparation for their installation in the Memorial Hall vestibule on UKs campus on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. Karyn Olivier was an artist chosen by the UK Memorial Hall art committee to create an artwork that adds context to Anne Rice OHanlons 1934 mural. OHanlons mural depicts a sanitized version of the brutality that existed during the time of slavery and legal segregation. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Once anonymous, now revered: Memorial Hall art adds context to debate of race in art

Rick Childress August 16, 2018

A space once wrought with racial tension now demands reverence for the subjugated.Karyn Olivier, the artist charged with assembling a complimentary art piece for the controversial mural in UK’s Memorial...

Kentucky head coach John Calipari kisses his son, freshman guard Brad Calipari, during the game against Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. Kentucky defeated Buffalo 95-75. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Kernel Keep Up: UK hockey, burning couches, Sweet 16 and more

March 18, 2018

Spring break is over. Sorry.Weeks until finals: 6Here's all the news you need to know to tackle the week ahead:Must-reads this week:'Fraternity of brothers': Inside UK hockey's culture changeTake a peek...

Bambadjan Bamba, an actor and DACA recipient spoke alongside Erin Howarrd of BCTCs Office of Latino Outreach Services in Memorial Hall on Feb. 7, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Shannon Hickerson

Dreamer, Black Panther actor tells his story, calls for DACA protection

Shannon Hickerson February 7, 2018

Actor and Dreamer Bambadjan Bamba, from the upcoming Black Panther movie, owes much of his career to the DACA program.Bamba and Erin Howard of BCTC’s Office of Latino Outreach Services sat down in front...

The Late Night Film Series 2015 schedule. These free movies will now be shown in Memorial Hall, rather than the Student Center.

Underground UK: Usher in a new semester with free movies

Megan Brown October 20, 2017

Going to the movies has become a commodity that few college students can afford due to overpriced tickets and bank breaking concession prices. According to the National Association of Theater Owners, the...

Construction continues on the new student center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Photo by Josh Mott | Staff.

Construction to change face of UK

McKenna Horsley August 18, 2017

The average UK student is no stranger to closed walkways, the sounds of jackhammers and traffic cones signaling campus construction projects. However, these small nuisances can lead to huge campus changes.As...

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