J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to be renamed for Barack Obama

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School will now be named after the 44th president of the United States.

Barack Obama Elementary School was one of seven names the School Board considered at its meeting Monday to rename the school, which is Richmond's only Confederate-named school.

Many - both school leaders and the public - have said in recent months that it's about time to make the change at the school, which is 95 percent African American.

"Students deserve the school to be named after someone they can relate to," one woman said at the most recent public input meeting.

All but one school board member have said they're in favor of stripping the school of its current name.

The name change could cost the school system $26,000 to change the name.

The school board also considered these names, in addition to Obama, for the school:

  • Northside Elementary
  • Wishtree Elementary
  • Oliver Hill Elementary
  • Barbara Johns Elementary
  • Albert Norrell Elementary
  • Henry Marsh Elementary

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