A high school in Springfield, Virginia named after the Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee has voted to rename the school after civil rights icon and Georgia Representative John Lewis, who recently passed away from cancer on July 17.
Representative and Lee District School Board Member Tamara Derenak Kaufax proposed the initiative to remove the Confederate general’s name from the school back in February. Since then, the school board has been seeking options for a name change amidst the protesting and civil unrest happening in the nation against racial inequality and controversy amongst Confederate imagery, names, and monuments being deemed offensive.
“The name Robert E. Lee is forever connected to the Confederacy, and Confederate values are ones that do not align with our community. I believe that John Lewis’ extraordinary life and advocacy for racial justice will serve as an inspiration to our students and community for generations to come,” Kaufax said.
The new high school name, John R. Lewis High School, will go into effect this upcoming school 20-21 year.