Published Online: March 22, 2016
Published in Print: March 23, 2016, as Segregationist Name Axed From School in Virginia

News in Brief

Segregationist Name Axed From School in Virginia

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

A Virginia district has decided to remove a prominent segregationist's name from a school, saying students should not be educated in a building named after a man who sought to shutter schools rather than integrate them.

The Henrico County school board will strip Harry F. Byrd's name from the suburban Richmond school following a petition drive and overwhelming public condemnation of the school's name.

Byrd was a governor, U.S. senator, and a powerful political force in 20th-century Virginia. He also is credited as the architect of the state's official policy to keep public schools separated by race after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down racially segregated schools.

Vol. 35, Issue 25, Page 5

Related Stories
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login |  Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Commented