Texas Tech Professor Says the City of Lubbock Should Change Its Name Due to Confederate Ties
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated at 6:45pm on June 12 to correct, and accurately state, the title of Ms. Jones. She is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University.
Update: After the publication of this story, Ms. Jones removed the Facebook post in question. A screenshot of it can be viewed below.
Over the past week in the wake of the George Floyd protests, there has been a renewed call nationally for ties to the Civil War-era Confederacy to be severed in the United States. This would include the removal of statues honoring Confederate generals and soldiers, and the renaming of U.S. military installations named for Confederate-era leaders, including Fort Hood in Texas.
Lubbock County, and later the City of Lubbock, were named for Thomas S. Lubbock, who served as a Texas Ranger in the 1840s, and then in the Confederate States Army after the start of the Civil War in 1861 & 1862. Lubbock County was established by the Texas Legislature in 1876, and the City of Lubbock was incorporated in 1909.
Friday afternoon, Dora Epstein Jones, an Associate Professor and the Chair of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University, took to social media to say the name of the City of Lubbock should be changed.
"It is high time we change the name of this city," Epstein Jones said in a public post on Facebook. "No questions, no debate. Change the god*** (sic) name."
Epstein Jones became the Chair of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University on July 1st, 2019. She was described in a Archinect News article last year as an, "Architecture educator, theorist, and scholar."