Barack Obama To Have Elementary School Renamed After Him

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

J.E.B. Elementary School in Virginia, named after Confederate General who fought for the rights of slave owners, will be renamed after Barack Houssein Obama, the first African American President of the United States.

NBCNews reported the Richmond School Board voted 6-1 on Monday to rename the elementary school after the former president. The vote came after students were asked to vote for their top choices from a list of names that recognized both regional history and civil rights leaders.

The predominantly black student body voted to rename the school, “Northside Elementary,” with “Barack Obama Elementary” in second place, but the school administration ultimately decided to recommend the latter to the school board.

J.E.B. Stuart was a U.S. Army officer from Virginia who joined the Confederate Army when Virginia seceded from the Union, and distinguished himself as a bold cavalry commander, reaching the rank of major general.

The renaming of the elementary school is part of a wider national conversation regarding what to do with monuments and institutions that honor the Confederacy. Most significantly, the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked violent protests last August.

For the most part, people seem to be reacting very well to the news. We love our forever president.

 

WHUR Contributor


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