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Richmond to rename 4 schools, some Confederate names remain

August 6, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A school board in Virginia that changed the name of a school last year in honor of the first black president instead of a Confederate soldier could soon rename other schools in its district.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the process of renaming four Richmond city schools is expected to happen this fall but no specific timeline has been set.

The current Barack Obama Elementary School was previously named for Confederate cavalry leader J.E.B. Stuart.

None of the schools expected to be renamed are currently named for members of the Confederate army. One is named for George Mason, a Founding Father who owned slaves.

The report shows the Richmond district has at least five schools named after slave owners and at least three named for members of the Confederacy.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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