Virginia Elementary School Ditches Confederate Name in Favor of Barack Obama

On Monday night, Richmond’s public school board voted 6-1 to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, which is named after a Confederate general, to Barack Obama Elementary School, the Huffington Post reports. The former Confederate capital will no longer have a school named after a Confederate figure. The one dissenting voter, Kenya Gibson, said she would have favored a more local hero for the school’s namesake. “This is Richmond and we are about history and we have so many great local stories to tell,” she told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The decision in Richmond coincides with a decision in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to change the names of two schools that honored controversial historical figures. The Huffington Post reports that over a hundred Confederate monuments have been removed in 21 states and Washington, D.C., since 2015.