The former capital of the Confederacy no longer has a school named for a Confederate leader. Instead, it has a school named for the United States’ first black president.
The Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday night to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, the city’s lone Confederate-named school, to Barack Obama Elementary School, a move that comes as other city leaders debate what to do with Richmond’s Confederate monuments in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville rally last August.
“It would be pretty awesome to have an elementary school in Richmond named after Barack Obama,” said Liz Doerr, of the 1st District.