Wednesday, June 20, 2018

School Honouring Confederate General Renamed Barack Obama Elementary

Move part of trend to rename public buildings and remove statues which honour those who fought to keep slavery. 

An elementary school in Richmond, Virginia has changed its name from that of a Confederate-era general to the nations first black president, Barack Obama.

The Richmond Public School Board voted six to one to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Civil War general who fought to keep slavery in the American South, to Barack Obama Elementary School.

Approximately 95 per cent of the school's students identify as African-American and the name was chosen from seven finalists, which included options to honour civil rights activists Barbara Jones, Henry Marsh, and Oliver Hill. 

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Source: The Independent 

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