Virginia education board restores Confederate names to schools

Virginia education board restores Confederate names to schools

A school district in Virginia voted Friday morning to restore the names of Confederate generals to schools, becoming the first board in the country to reinstate such names after voting to remove them.

The Shenandoah County school board, representing a rural and overwhelmingly conservative area, voted 5-1 to restore the Confederate namesakes of two schools after having stripped the names in 2020 in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

The move would honor three Confederate military leaders: Army of Northern Virginia General Robert E. Lee, infantry General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, and cavalry commander Turner Ashby. Mountain View High School will now be named Stonewall Jackson High School, and Honey Run Elementary School will now be called Ashby-Lee Elementary School.

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