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Kennard Classical Junior Academy drops Confederate officer’s name

NORTH HAMPTON (AP) — A charter school in St. Louis named after a Confederate Army lieutenant is getting a new name.

Kennard Classical Junior Academy, 5031 Potomac St., is a magnet school for gifted children. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that it will be known as Classical Junior Academy for the 2020-2021 school year after approval from the St. Louis Public Schools Board of Education.

Samuel Kennard worked as an aide to Nathan Bedford Forrest, the general who became an organizer of the Ku Klux Klan. After the Civil War, Kennard became one of St. Louis’ ruling elites who supported causes at the expense of Black and poor white people. He died in 1916.

Concerned parents first launched efforts to change the school’s name more than five years ago. A new group of parents is working on racial equity concerns in the district.

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