Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

A Mississippi School Named for Jefferson Davis Is Being Renamed After Obama

A Mississippi School Named for Jefferson Davis Is Being Renamed After Obama

Officials of a MS school named after Confederate president Jefferson Davis plan to change the school's title to one commemorating the former president of the United States.

For months, parents of students at Davis IB Elementary School, named after General Robert E Lee, fought to rid the school of its Confederate reference in favour of celebrating America's first black president, according to Newsweek. The entire enrollment of the JPS system is roughly 97 percent black.

Davis Magnet School had been named for Davis since it opened in the 1930s or 1940s, but a recent conversation between a mother and daughter, who attends the school, about the Confederate leader sparked new interest in changing the name, Jefferson told McClatchy.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, officials are also weighing whether to change the names of two other institutions - George Elementary and Lee Elementary.

The Obama name change comes as schools, churches and municipalities across the country drop Confederacy-affiliated labels from their buildings and remove Confederate statues from public spaces. Students, parents and teachers then voted by paper ballot for their top pick.

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Davis is named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. They overwhelmingly chose Obama. Which explains why a school in MS, which bears the name of the Confederate leader who was later arrested for treason, would be anxious to revamp its moniker.

Students from each class were able to give presentations on the name they most preferred.

If we were to bet on it, we'd say that this school might regret taking on Obama's name once the ripple effects of his presidency are known.

Johnson said the name of the school would change in the 2018-2019 school year.

"When you realize who this school is named for, I think that it's a positive thing to be a part of this movement", Jefferson said.

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