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Friday, Jul 11, 2014

Duval OKs change for school named after KKK leader


JACKSONVILLE – The Duval County School Board is moving to change the name of a high school named after the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1aeE5K5 ) reports that board members voted unanimously Friday to start a process that could rename Nathan B. Forrest High School.

Forrest was a slave owner, slave catcher and a leader in the Confederate Army who helped found the KKK. Supporters of changing the name say it would help heal wounds from the past and respect today’s community wish for a different name.

The superintendent must now seek input from various groups, including the PTA, students, school staff, alumni and neighbors. The school board also suggested a panel discussion for students on Forrest, who later renounced the Klan’s violence and racism.