Florida School Named For Ku Klux Klan Leader To Be Renamed

Source: Eric M. Johnson, Reuters / theGrio

A Florida high school that for 54 years has borne the name of a leader of the Ku Klux Klan is to be renamed, officials said.

The Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where more than half the students are black, will change its name from that of the man who allegedly was the Ku Klux Klan’s first grand wizard from the start of the next school year in August.

A new name will be proposed in January.

“We recognize that we cannot and are not seeking to erase history,” said Constance Hall, a board member for the Duval County school, which was founded 54 years ago.

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