MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (AP) – A public school board in Virginia has voted to remove the names of Confederate leaders from two schools.
Hanover County Public Schools Board members cast a 4-3 vote during a virtual meeting Tuesday to rename Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Mechanicsville, news outlets reported.
The board has yet to decide on new names. The schools were named to honor Confederate Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis more than 50 years ago, at a time when the civil rights movement was sweeping the nation.
Bob Hundley, who voted for the change, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he doesn’t believe the schools can be “an inclusive and welcoming environment for students and learning” without recognizing the opposition to their Confederate names.
The school board received dozens of public comments. A large majority asked for the change, citing the nationwide protests against racism and police brutality since the death