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Petition wants Fulbright statue off University of Arkansas campus

 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman J. William Fulbright, D-Ark listens as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 1974. Kissinger to expects to reach an understanding with the Soviet Union allowing for that nation. (AP Photo)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman J. William Fulbright, D-Ark listens as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 1974. Kissinger to expects to reach an understanding with the Soviet Union allowing for that nation. (AP Photo) (KY3)
Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 8:53 AM CDT
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A petition seeking to remove a statue of J. William Fulbright from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville campus is receiving support from both students and alumni.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the petition, which also requests that Fulbright's name be removed from the arts and sciences college, had 5,700 signatures as of Wednesday. Most signatures have come recently, though the petition started almost a year ago.

The former U.S. senator is known for creating the international educational exchange program named after him in 1945. Prior to becoming senator, he was president of the university and served in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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