Duval County School Board votes to remove Confederate general's name
JACKSONVILLE — The Duval County School Board has voted unanimously to change the name of a local high school honoring a Confederate general who made a fortune as a slave trader and was linked to the Ku Klux Klan.
"It's time to move forward with the renaming of Nathan B. Forrest High … it's time to really put it to bed," said School Board member Constance Hall, who asked the board to begin the process of changing the name on Friday.
Hall and the board's other African-American member were joined in the 7-0 vote by four whites and a Hispanic member.
Four Jacksonville schools are named after Confederate heroes, including Robert E. Lee High School, as well as the city's downtown square.