MPS Votes in Favor of Changing Names of Three Schools Named After Confederate Leaders or Soldiers

At Tuesday’s Montgomery school board meeting, board members have voted to change the names of three high schools.

Robert E. Lee High School, Jefferson Davis High School, and Sidney Lanier High School are predominately black schools named after Confederate leaders or soldiers.

Board member Lesa Keith was the only board member to vote against renaming Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee High Schools. Keith and School Board President Clare Weil were the only no votes when it came to Sidney Lanier.

Dr. Moore says the next step in the process is to form a committee to look at what the new names of those schools would be.

Dr. Moore says it will be about a year before the name changes are official.

In compliance with the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, MPS would have to pay the state $75,000 to change the names of all three schools.

MPS Board President Clare Weil says a private group has already raised $47,000 to help alleviate the cost.

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