82 schools renamed Confederate generals into civil rights icons


  • A USA TODAY analysis found that more than 80 schools across the United States dropped racist namesakes following the murder of George Floyd.
  • In many cases, schools have been renamed after people of color, from civil rights icons to local educators.
  • Many name change efforts have faced a lot of backlash from the public.

It wasn’t until her freshman year that Ashley Sanchez-Viafara learned the truth behind her high school’s racist namesake.

Thomas Chambliss Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., was named after a longtime district superintendent who served during the civil rights era — and did everything he could to preserve segregation.


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