The meeting is an effort of Georgia Southern officials and students to get the bar andusic club near the campus to change the sign, which displays crossed swords topped with Confederate flags and field artillery. They say those symbols and the name are racist and make African-Americans feel unwelcome.
Runrunners and the Plantation Room are two separate businesses located in the same building. The Plantation Room has been in Statesboro since 2005 although the sign is recent at its current location. General Manager Deven Bradford is quoted as saying he has no intention to change the sign.
An online petition to change the name has 1,840 supporters.
Dean of Students Patrice Buckner Jackson issued a response to the matter through the Office of Marketing and Communications at Georgia Southern which stated “Georgia Southern University is committed to maintaining an inclusive learning environment characterized by both free expression and respect of differences. While the University cannot oversee the actions of private businesses, the campus community is encouraged to engage in open and healthy dialogue that will ultimately improve life for all members of the community.”