Virginia School Board Makes Unprecedented Return to Confederate School Names

Virginia School Board Makes Unprecedented Return to Confederate School Names


Stonewall Jackson rides again.

On Thursday, the Shenandoah County School Board, which had wiped away the names of Confederate generals from its schools in a 2020 vote, restored the names of Jackson and two other Virginia-based Confederate generals to its schools, according to WHSV-TV.

The vote means that what has been known as Mountain View High School will return to being Stonewall Jackson High School.

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Honey Run Elementary School will revert to being called Ashby Lee Elementary School. The school combines the names of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Turney Ashby, a cavalry commander who, like Jackson, was killed in the Civil War.

A report from Education Week indicated that prior to the vote there were about 60 schools named for Confederate leaders and

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