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In January the Duval School Board voted to rename of Nathan B. Forrest High School, since the school had been named after a Confederate general and KKK leader. The high school’s new name is Westside, but Jacksonville.com reports that members of the community aren’t donating nearly enough funds to cover the cost of the name change.
It will cost an estimated $220,000 to change the name of the school, while the district has only received $2,807 in donations.
Holmes Stamp & Sign president Bryan Croft says his company is donating 10 signs worth an estimated $2,000.
“We’re a 60-year-old Jacksonville company and one of core values is to support our community any way that we can, “ Croft said. “We just thought this was a great opportunity to participate.”
Forrest High School was named after the Confederate slave trader in 1959. Forrest was notorious for his savagery and his forces were involved in the mαssacre of black union troops during the Civil War.
“For too long and too many, this name has represented the opposite of unity, respect, and equality — all that we expect in Duval schools,” board member Constance Hall said in a statement after a vote to change the school’s name.
A Change.org petition by Ty Richmond calling on the school to change its name garnered 162,150 signatures.