Oklahoma school swapping Robert E. Lee name for another Lee

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City education officials say a local school will no longer be named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. But the decision won't require much of a name change.

The Oklahoma City School Board agreed Monday that Lee Elementary School would now be named after Adelaide Lee, an Oklahoma philanthropist. The school district says she empowered women and children with access to education and day care services.

The board also unanimously voted to replace the names of schools named after two other Confederate generals: Stonewall Jackson and Stand Watie.

Jackson Enterprise Elementary will be renamed after Mary Golda Ross, a Native American engineer from Tahlequah known for her aerospace work at Lockheed Martin. A school named for Watie will become Esperanza, the Spanish word for "hope."

The board voted in October to rename the schools.


Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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