VIRGINIA: In Va. community where Civil War ties run deep, schools named after Confederate figures find broad support
Thousands of community members chimed in on the proposed renaming of Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School near Richmond. The response was resounding: keep the names.
Roughly 76 percent of the more than 13,000 people who submitted responses to a survey supported keeping the names of the schools in Mechanicsville, a suburb of the capital city, according to a report provided by Hanover County Public Schools.
The debate over the school names in Mechanicsville emerged as schools and other institutions across the country began evaluating the place of Confederate symbols in public places after white supremacists and white nationalists descended in Charlottesville for an August rally that turned deadly,
Those who have called for change in Mechanicsville argue the school names and mascots — the Confederates (the high school) and
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