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Virginia school drops Confederate general’s name in favor of Obama’s

By Christine Hauser,

When students at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School in Richmond, Va., return from their summer break, they will no longer be studying at a school named after a Confederate general who fought for the rights of slave owners in the Civil War.

Instead, members of the 400-strong student body, about 90 percent of whom are black, will be attending Barack Obama Elementary School.

On Monday night, the Richmond School Board voted to remove J.E.B. Stuart’s name from the school, replacing it with the name of the country’s first African-American president. The vote, 6 to 1, came after months of public meetings and input, including from students themselves.


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