Hanover Schools to rename Stonewall Jackson Middle, Lee-Davis High following 4-3 vote

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Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — With a 4-3 vote, the Hanover County School Board decided Tuesday night to change the names of their schools that memorialize Confederate leaders.

Stonewall Jackson Middle School and Lee-Davis High School both are no more as school leaders executed a vote Tuesday that would result in them being renamed.

READ: Hanover School Board to review changing Confederate school names, reopening plans

“We owe it to all of our students to have a nurturing and welcoming environment,” said Robert L. Hundley Jr., of the Chickahominy District.

The votes were as followed:

  • John F. Axselle III, Beaverdam District – Chairman–NO
  • Ola J. Hawkins, Ashland District – Vice-Chair– YES
  • Kelly K. Evko, South Anna District–YES
  • Sterling H. Daniel, Mechanicsville District— YES
  • Robert L. Hundley, Jr., Chickahominy District— YES
  • Norman K. Sulser, Cold Harbor District– NO
  • George E. Sutton, Henry District–NO

Dozens of letters were read aloud during the virtual school board meeting, with residents voicing their opinion on the divisive matter.

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