School says goodbye Jefferson Davis, hello Barack Obama

Mindy Sparks
October 21, 2017

A MS school is shedding the name of the Confederacy's only president and will instead be named for the first African-American president of the United States.

An elementary school in MS is switching out the president of the Confederacy for the first Black president.

Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary, a school named for Jefferson Davis where 98 percent of students are African-American, will be rechristened to honor Obama.

The school was named for Jefferson Davis decades ago, says CNN affiliate WAPT.

The school's PTA president announced the planned name change, which would take place for the 2018-19 school year, at a school board meeting this week, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

A MS elementary school, formerly named after Jefferson Davis, is going to be renamed after President Barack Obama. The school also held an assembly earlier this month where students from each class gave presentations on their top name choices.

Ideas for a new name for the school were submitted to the PTA by students, staff and community members. "We wanted to be very inclusive and transparent in the process to be fair, to make sure everybody felt like they had a voice", Jefferson said. George Elementary is named for James Zachariah George, who signed Mississippi's secession ordinance and drafted the state constitution that denied voting rights to black citizens.

Preliminary plans are under way to have a ceremony next year to commemorate the name change, and Jefferson said President Obama will "absolutely" be invited. The move in Jackson, Mississippi, comes amid a national debate over a campaign to remove statues and other monuments to generals and leaders of the 1861-1865 Confederacy. Lee Elementary is named for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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