A predominantly black public school in Mississippi that was originally named for the leader of the Confederate States of America will soon be changed to honor America's first African-American president.
Beginning next school year, The Clarion-Ledger reports that Davis Magnet IB Elementary – after Confederate President Jefferson Davis – will be known as Barack Obama Magnet IB Elementary.
The news was reportedly announced by school president Janelle Jefferson during a Jackson School Board meeting earlier this week. Jefferson says that school stakeholders voted on October 5 to rename the school.
“Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him,” she told the board, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
A demographic breakdown of the school's enrollment this year conducted by the newspaper shows 98 percent of the student body population is black.