Last night a Florida school board voted 5-2 along racial lines to keep the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, named for a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader. Brenda Priestly Jackson, one of the two board members who voted for the change, said Forrest was "a terrorist and a racist." (He was also a plantation owner and slave trader, and, by some accounts, he ordered the massacre of black prisoners after a Confederate victory in 1864.) The name was originally suggested by the Daughters of the Confederacy as a protest against the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that integrated the school. A mural from the school gym of the Confederate Rebel, the school's mascot, is pictured at left. [The Associated Press]
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