Jim Key, who is the president of the district, said he remembers that a black delegate asked, "Should we come in chains and rags?"
That comment ushered in a period a reflection among Unitarian Universalists about how welcoming the name "Thomas Jefferson" was to black members, Key said. A movement to change the district name in the late 1990s failed, but yesterday, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem took up the matter again, ahead of the district's annual meeting on Friday and Saturday in South Carolina.
After a short debate, the fellowship again rejected a name change, said Janet Owen, the president of the board of trustees for the Winston-Salem Fellowship.
"Everybody had done a lot of thinking and they pretty much had made up their minds," she said.