A school board in Florida has voted unanimously to change the name of Nathan B. Forrest High School to remove the name of the wealthy slave trader, Confederate general and founder of the Ku Klux Klan. This only five years after the same school board voted against changing the name.
“It’s time to move forward with the renaming of Nathan B. Forrest High … it’s time to really put it to bed,” said School Board member Constance Hall, who asked the Board to finally begin the process of changing the name on Friday.
Hall and the board’s other African American member were joined in the 7-0 vote by four whites and a Hispanic member in voting to change the name.
Four Jacksonville schools are named after Confederate heroes, including Robert E. Lee High School, as well as the city’s downtown square.
The school’s name was chosen in 1959 at the suggestion of the Daughters of the Confederacy as the group readied for the 100th anniversary of Florida joining the Confederacy, at the start of the Civil War that pitted the pro-slavery southern states against President Abraham Lincoln and the Union army.
This is one of those issues where you just think: how is this even a question? How could anyone possibly disagree with this?