Duval School Board Moving To Change School Name

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Associated Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- 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 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 nearby residents. The school board also suggested a panel discussion for students on Forrest, who later renounced the Klan's violence and racism.

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