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Virginia board renames schools honoring 2 US presidents

Posted at 9:56 AM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 09:56:23-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- Two schools in Virginia honoring U.S. presidents who sided with or praised the Confederacy are getting new names.

So is an elementary that honored a superintendent who funneled money away from Black schools.

The Portsmouth School Board voted 8-1 Thursday night for the change.

The schools that will have a new name starting next July are Woodrow Wilson High School, John Tyler Elementary and James Hurst Elementary.

A board member says the changes are about “righting the wrongs.”

Wilson was a progressive reformer, but also a segregationist who praised the Ku Klux Klan.

Tyler joined the Confederacy as a former president.