Georgia’s public university system will not rename 75 buildings and colleges, whose names an advisory committee recommended changing because they included supporters of slavery and racial segregation.

Members of the Board of Regents for Georgia’s public university system, voting unanimously on Monday, said in a statement that while the regents had recognized the “importance of the issue and the variety of views held on it,” they decided against renaming the buildings.

“The purpose of history is to instruct,” the board said in its statement. “History can teach us important lessons — lessons that, if understood and applied, make Georgia and its people stronger.”

The board added, “Going forward, the Board is committed to naming actions that reflect the strength and energy of Georgia’s diversity.”

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